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Upgraded Points recently analyzed the legroom across US carriers and airplane types. JetBlue Airways ranked highest in Economy Class legroom while Frontier and Spirit Airlines were the bottom of the pack.
To calculate the legroom, planes across the 10 busiest domestic flight routes were evaluated based on seat pitch, which is the distance between a point on one seat and the same point on the seat in front of it.
JetBlue offered an average seat pitch of 32.3 inches. This was found on its Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. Southwest Airlines was right behind (31.8 inches) followed by Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines (31 inches). Spirit and Frontier packed in passengers with an average of 28 inches (one of several reasons why I love the Big Front Seats is to have more space).
When looking at aircraft type, the Embraer 190 offered a spacious average of 32 inches. Airbus A320neo is a newer model and has been configured to be tight on the legroom at 28 inches.
Upgraded Points offers a lot more details on this study (found here).
Anthony’s Take: Legroom is one of the most complained about items for Economy passengers. While it’s not going to change and carriers would make this even tighter if they could, it’s good to know what you’re getting into by carrier and plane type.
(Featured Image Credit: JetBlue.)
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