Which carrier comes out on top when it comes to the width of economy seats?
Friday 14, February 2014
Does size matter? Surveys suggest that when it comes to the question of economy-class passenger comfort, seat width is every bit as important as legroom.
Aboard the major airlines that operate long-haul services out of Sydney and Melbourne as well as most that operate out of New Zealand cities, seat width lies in the range between 43-48.25cm.
That 5.25cm difference is less than the width of an iPhone.
Not much you might think, but a couple of extra centimetres makes a lot of difference on a long-haul flight.
Consider that Emirates, an airline known for quality, offers its business class passengers a seat that is just 1.25cm wider than its economy seat aboard its A380 services.
Widest economy-class seats of all are Singapore Airlines, which offers a standard 48.25cm aboard all the Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A380 and A330-300 that it operates in and out of Sydney and Melbourne.
Virgin's economy class seats are a generous 47cm aboard its long-haul flights, those operating between Melbourne/Sydney and Los Angeles or Abu Dhabi, but only up to 43cm in the case of short-haul flights, which is all the rest.
Etihad's seats are 44.5cm wide aboard the Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A340-600 that it operates on its Melbourne/Sydney route.
Emirates' economy seats are 45.5cm wide on its A380 flights, 43cm on the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that it uses for shorter services in and out of Australia.
Qantas offers a standard economy width of 44.5cm right across its range of A380-800 aircraft and the various configurations of the 747-400 that it operates.
The exception is the airline's A330-300 services to Hong Kong and Shanghai, where the width shrinks to 43cm.
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