We use cookies to allow us and selected partners to improve your experience and our advertising. By continuing to browse you consent to our use of cookies as per our policy which also explains how to change your preferences.

Airlines

Which airline has the best seats?

Article 4 of 4

Put us to the test

Our Test Labs compare features and prices on a range of products. Try Which? to unlock our reviews. You'll instantly be able to compare our test scores, so you can make sure you don't get stuck with a Don't Buy.

Fed up with folding yourself in half when you fly? We reveal the airlines with the widest seats and most generous legroom

 

Plane seats are getting smaller. This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s played armrest wars in cattle class, knees painfully wedged against the seat in front. 

As well as seats and legroom, aisle space is also shrinking, all in the name of cramming more people on to flights.

Back in the 1950s, you could expect a 40-inch seat pitch (the distance from your headrest to the one in front, and the best indicator of legroom). Compare that to the current 31 inches on British Airways and Virgin long-haul flights and the grazed knees suddenly make sense.

If you’re after extra legroom, you’ll need to pay a pretty penny for the privilege (£50 minimum with BA).

LONG HAUL
Airline Seat pitch (inches) Seat width (inches) Overall seat comfort
Air Canada 31-35 17-18 Subscriber only content
American Airlines 31-37 16.2-18.5 Subscriber only content
BA 30-31 17-18 Subscriber only content
Emirates 32-34 17-18 Subscriber only content
Etihad 31-33 17.5 Subscriber only content
KLM 31-35 17.5 Subscriber only content
Singapore Airlines 32-34 17.5-19 Subscriber only content
Thomas Cook 29-31 17-18.2 Subscriber only content
Tui Airways 33 17-18 Subscriber only content
Virgin Atlantic 29-31 17.5-18 Subscriber only content

Using the table: Seat pitch The distance between two seat rows – an indicator of legroom. Data from SeatGuru. Seat width The distance between the armrests of a single seat. Data from SeatGuru. Seat comfort Rated out of five by Which? members in 2017.

 

SHORT HAUL
Airline Seat pitch (inches) Seat width (inches) Overall seat comfort
BA 29-34 17-18 Subscriber only content
Easyjet 29 18 Subscriber only content
Jet2 29 17 Subscriber only content
Ryanair 30-34 17 Subscriber only content
Tui Airways 28-34 17.2-18 Subscriber only content

Using the table: Seat pitch The distance between two seat rows – an indicator of legroom. Data from SeatGuru. Seat width The distance between the armrests of a single seat. Data from SeatGuru. Seat comfort Rated out of five by Which? members in 2017.

 

SHARE THIS PAGE