27 FEBRUARY 2017
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Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has published another of their most useful series in the 'Know Before You Go' section of their website, this time comparing the passenger experience across 14 major airlines.
The average flight now has 142 seats onboard, compared with 137 two years ago, in effect fitting between 7%-8% more seats into their aircraft than they were initially designed to carry, according to technology company OAG. With the clever use of space and advanced and thinner seating whether this actually affects the travellers’ assessment of the airline is subject to debate.
Major airlines long-haul airlines including British Airways, Delta Air Lines and Qatar Airways feature highlighting seat configuration, seat width and recline, entertainment screen size and all-important legroom space for each airline’s Economy and Business Class cabins. Also included are easyJet, Ryanair and Wizz.
At one end of the scale the Airbus A380, designed for around 500 people, is now in service with 600 plus. The latest stretched Boeing 737 MAX can carry up to 215 souls over twice that of the original 737-100.
The research looks into legroom, seat configuration and reclining and detail items such as reclining. The supply of in-flight wi-fi and entertainment screens is noted.
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