• Economy's real squeeze? It's elbow room, not leg room

    When travellers talk seats, especially in economy class, the conversation inevitably turns to legroom and gripes about how we're seeing less and less of it these days. But as frequent flyers can attest, the real squeeze these days isn't at your knees, it's at your elbows. The 'legroom is d...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2012 20 Comments

  • Leg room, seat pitch & your 'personal space' on an aircraft explained

    How much legroom will you find when you reach your airline seat? What's this aircraft "seat pitch" business all about? And how is it measured on board the plane? If you're a newly minted frequent flyer, or just need a refresher on what pitch is and how it works, we've got you covered. What is s...

    POSTED 26 Nov, 2012 11 Comments

  • Do bulkhead seats really give you extra legroom on a plane?

    Many business travellers swear by bulkhead seats -- the ones at the very front of the cabin, behind a dividing wall (in aviation terms, that's called a bulkhead) -- as they can deliver extra legroom. But others swear at them, especially taller travellers who prefer to be able to tuck their feet ...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2012 7 Comments

  • Lie-flat or fully flat beds? We put the truth to the lie-flat lie

    If you're confused by the difference between a "lie flat" seat and a "fully flat" bed, you've good reason: many airlines boast about their lie-flat business class, but don't mention that it's actually on an angle.  You hear "lie-flat bed" and have the logical expectation of a seat whic...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2011 13 Comments

  • Star Alliance to standardise economy class seats across airlines

    Airline group Star Alliance is conducting tests in Beijing this week on its new standardised economy class seats. Economy class seats across the Star Alliance vary significantly, from the United Airlines economy class seats that United CEO Jeff Smisek called "unacceptable" in an Australian Busin...

    POSTED 25 Mar, 2011 1 Comment

  • How to survive international economy torture flights

    International economy to Europe or the US -- we've all had to do it, and, it's somewhere between unpleasant and downright tortuous, depending on how your cards fall. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make economy flying better. None of them are rocket science, but it's evident on every...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2011 4 Comments

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