New Sky-rider seats – an inch too far?

Wednesday 22, September 2010


New Sky-rider seats – an inch too far?


Italian company Aviointeriors unveiled a new type of seat, the SkyRider, at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in California. The seat is aimed at budget airlines and short haul routes less than three hours long. It offers just 23in of space compared to a more “generous” economy class average of 30in.


Martino Matijevic, CEO and Founder at comments; “The SkyRider has taken the concept of high density seating to the next level and will be of interest to the low fare airlines looking at new ways to maximise passenger capacity and profitability for their airline. Some airlines already adopt high-density seating between 28-30in. For some travellers this is already close enough. At just 23in seat pitch, the new SkyRider introducers a new class of travel and poses problems for tall or large passengers. As yet, no airlines have expressed an interest in using the seats but with talk of stand-up cabins, we think a reduction in the average seat pitch of 30in is only a matter of time.”


WhichBudget has put together a list of airlines’ seat pitches to show travellers which airlines offer the most space in economy class. Seat pitch is the measurement between the headrest of one seat and the same point on the seat in front. The greater the distance the better the chances of surviving a flight without any cramp!


Singapore Airlines  32-34in

Royal Jordanian 32-33in

TAP Portugal 32in

Cathay Pacific 32in

Thai Airways 31-36in

Air Canada 31-34in

British Airways 31-34in

Emirates  31-34in

United Airlines 31-33in

bmi 31-32in

Continental  31-32in

Qantas 31-32in

Scandinavian Airlines 31-32in

US Airways 31-32in

Virgin Atlantic 31-32in

Swiss 31 in

Flybe 31in

Alitalia 31in

American Airlines 30-34in

Air New Zealand 30-34in

Lufthansa 30-33in

Japan Airlines 30-33in

Etihad 30-33in

Delta 30-33in

Air France 30-32in

AerLingus  30-32in

Iberia 30-31in

KLM 30-31in

Qatar Airways 30-31in

Thomas Cook 30-31in

Germanwings 30in

Jet2 30in

Ryanair 30in

bmibaby 29-33in

easyJet 29in

Monarch Airlines 28-34in





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