Legroom, which is known in the industry as seat pitch can be defined as the distance between a single point on an aircraft seat and the identical point on the seat in front.
Seat pitch largely depends on how much legroom the passenger is provided with on the flight. This is less of an issue on short haul flights but even so, for the taller traveller and on long haul, those few extra inches of space can be important.
Here is a guide to the legroom provided in standard economy on long haul flights.
|Airline||Economy (")||Premium Economy (")|
|Delta Air Lines||31-35||–|
Range available dependent on aircraft. Data from seatguru.com
We also looked into which of the most popular airlines offered the best value for legroom, looking at the cost per cm in economy and the average flight price for 2016.
The results are in
|Airline||Cost Per cm*|
|Delta Air Lines||£7.06|
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Cat McGloin // @catmcgloin
Travel Editor and Content Manager for Skyscanner UK. Usually found by the coffee machine, at her desk researching travel tips, buried in a pile of post-it notes, on the yoga mat, or, if it’s 5 o’clock on a Friday, down the pub.
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*Skyscanner twitter poll study of 671 travellers, March 2017 **Skyscanner undertook a review of the legroom on offer for top 10 most popular airlines to destinations outside of Europe during 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016. Cost per cm for legroom coupled with charges relating to extra legroom were scored to uncover the Best Five Value Legroom airlines. Cost per cm calculated using the average flight price of the top ten most popular airline for destinations outside of the UK between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016, divided by the seat pitch provided on www.seatguru.com. Airlines reviewed: 10 most popular airlines to destinations outside of Europe during 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016.