Airline Seating – Best Economy Class in North America

Airline Aircraft Model Service / Range Pitch inches cm Width inches cm Recline deg
AIR CANADA EXPRESS / Jazz CRJ700 Short Haul 34 86 17 43 18
JETBLUE AIRWAYS A320-200 Short Haul 34 86 18 46 18
PORTER AIRLINES DHC-8Q-400 Short Haul 34 86 17 43 18
UNITED AIRLINES 757-200 Long Haul International 34 86 17 43 18
AMERICAN AIRLINES 767-200ER Long Haul Domestic 33 84 17 43 18
DELTA AIR LINES 757-200ER Long Haul International 33 84 17 43 18
DELTA AIR LINES 757-200ER Long Haul 33 84 17 43 18
JETBLUE AIRWAYS ERJ-190AR Short Haul 33 84 18 46 18
US AIRWAYS A330-300 Long Haul 33 84 17 43 18
AIR CANADA A319-100 Short Haul 32 81 18 46 18
AIR CANADA A319-100 Short Haul 32 81 18 46 18
AIR CANADA A320-200 Short & Medium Haul 32 81 18 46 18
AIR CANADA A321-200 Short & Medium Haul 32 81 18 46 18
AIR CANADA A330-300 Long Haul 32 81 17 43 18
AIR CANADA 767-300ER Long Haul International 32 81 18 46 18
AIR CANADA 767-300ER Long Haul 32 81 17.5 44 18
AIR CANADA 767-300ER Long Haul 32 81 17.5 44 18
AIR CANADA 767-300ER Long Haul International 32 81 18 46 18
AIR CANADA 777-200LR Long Haul 32 81 18.5 47 18
AIR CANADA 777-300ER Long Haul 32 81 18.5 47 18
AIR TRANSAT A330-200 Long Haul 32 81 16.5 42 18
AMERICAN AIRLINES 737-800 Short & Medium Haul 32 81 17 43 18
AMERICAN AIRLINES 737-800 Short & Medium Haul 32 81 17 43 18
AMERICAN AIRLINES 757-200 Short & Medium Haul 32 81 17 43 18
AMERICAN AIRLINES 757-200 Long Haul International 32 81 17 43 18
AMERICAN AIRLINES 777-200 Long Haul International 32 81 18 46 30
AMERICAN AIRLINES MD-82 Short Haul 32 81 18 46 18
AMERICAN AIRLINES MD-83 Short Haul 32 81 18 46 18
DELTA AIR LINES A319-100 Short & Medium Haul Domestic 32 81 17.5 44 18
DELTA AIR LINES A320-200 Short & Medium Haul Domestic 32 81 17.5 44 18
DELTA AIR LINES A330-200 Long Haul International 32 81 17.5 44 18
DELTA AIR LINES A330-300 Long Haul International 32 81 17.5 44 18
DELTA AIR LINES 737-700 Short Haul 32 81 17 43 18
DELTA AIR LINES 737-800 Short Haul 32 81 17 43 18
DELTA AIR LINES 747-400 Long Haul International 32 81 17 43 18
DELTA AIR LINES 747-400 Long Haul International 32 81 17 43 18
DELTA AIR LINES 757-200 Short & Medium Haul 32 81 17 43 18
DELTA AIR LINES 757-200 Long Haul Domestic 32 81 17 43 18
DELTA AIR LINES 757-200 Short & Medium Haul 32 81 17 43 18
DELTA AIR LINES 757-200 Long Haul Domestic 32 81 17 43 18
DELTA AIR LINES 757-300 Long Haul 32 81 17 43 18
DELTA AIR LINES 767-300 Long Haul Domestic 32 81 19 48 18
DELTA AIR LINES 767-300ER Long Haul 32 81 18 46 18
DELTA AIR LINES 767-300ER Long Haul 32 81 18 46 18
DELTA AIR LINES 767-400ER Long Haul 32 81 18 46 18
DELTA AIR LINES 777-200ER Long Haul 32 81 18.5 47 18
DELTA AIR LINES 777-200LR Long Haul 32 81 18.5 47 18
DELTA AIR LINES DC-9-51 Short Haul 32 81 17 43 18
HAWAIIAN AIRLINES A330-200 Long Haul 32 81 17 43 18
HAWAIIAN AIRLINES 767-300ER Long Haul 32 81 17 43 18
HAWAIIAN AIRLINES 717-200 Short Haul 32 81 17 43 18
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES 737-300 Short Haul 32 81 17 43 18
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES 737-500 Short Haul 32 81 17 43 18
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES 737-700 Short Haul 32 81 17 43 18
SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES 737-800 Short & Medium Haul 32 81 17 43 18
UNITED AIRLINES 757-300 Short & Medium Haul Domestic 32 81 17 43 18
UNITED AIRLINES 767-200ER Long Haul 32 81 18 46 18
UNITED AIRLINES 767-400ER Long Haul 32 81 18 46 18
UNITED AIRLINES 767-400ER Long Haul 32 81 18 46 18
UNITED AIRLINES 767-400ER Long Haul 32 81 18 46 18
US AIRWAYS A319-100 Short & Medium Haul Domestic 32 81 18 46 18
US AIRWAYS A321-200 Short Haul Domestic 32 81 18 46 18
US AIRWAYS A330-200 Long Haul 32 81 17 43 18
US AIRWAYS A330-300 Long Haul 32 81 17 43 18
US AIRWAYS 757-200 Short Haul 32 81 17 43 18
US AIRWAYS 757-200 Short Haul 32 81 17 43 18
US AIRWAYS 757-200 Long Haul 32 81 17 43 18
US AIRWAYS 757-200 Long Haul 32 81 17 43 18
US AIRWAYS 767-200ER Long Haul 32 81 17 43 18
VIRGIN AMERICA A319-100 Short & Medium Haul 32 81 19.7 50 18
VIRGIN AMERICA A320-200 Short & Medium Haul 32 81 19.7 50 18
WestJet 737-600 Short & Medium Haul 32 81 17 43 18
WestJet 737-700 Short & Medium Haul 32 81 17 43 18
WestJet 737-800 Short & Medium Haul 32 81 17 43 18

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Notes

We did not include any airlines offering seats under 32 inch pitch, unfortunately many of them have aircraft with 31 or 30 inch seating, we consider uncivilized for adults to seat in.

The information in this story was accurate at the time it was published but we suggest you confirm all details and prices directly with any establishments mentioned. The quality of offerings and services tends to change over time.

Seat pitch details are believed to be correct at time of publishing, but AirGuide cannot be held responsible for any errors that may exist. Please note that some figures represent new product installations that may not be completed or available across an airline’s whole fleet of aircraft.

Seat Pitch: The distance between two rows of seats, this is the best indicator of legroom. More is better.

The pitch is the distance between an attachment point on one seat and the same point on the next seat, and it is definitely not the equivalent of legroom. Pitch also does not take into account the thickness of the seat back, the magazine pouch, or the tray. Then you still have to contend with the passenger in front of you, who insists on reclining his seat into your lap. That’s why many airlines have introduced thin and hard seats in Economy Class. This allows a bit more room for your knees, but an awful alternative for the rest of your body.

Seat pitch is  usually given in inches. For many carriers, the pitch in Economy class is 30 to 32 inches, 76 to 81 centimeters. More seat pitch can mean more legroom, but it is also affected by the thickness of the seat back. Airlines have claimed that a reduction of seat pitch can be compensated for by a thinner seat-back design.

Seat Width: The distance between the armrests of a single seat. More is better. Seat width is the distance from armrest to armrest, in Economy class this is typically around 17 to 18 inches, 43 to 46 centimeters.

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