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Airline with the Most Legroom

I found this article from Smarter Travel magazine interesting:

"Wondering what’s the airline with the most legroom? Seat pitch, the distance from any point on an airline seat to the corresponding point of the seat in the next row, is the most reliable measure of total front-to-rear seat space, and therefore legroom.
These days, the average economy seat pitch is 30 to 31 inches on the “Big Three” U.S. airlines (American, Delta, and United), 28 to 30 inches on low-fare lines, and 32 to 33 inches on some niche carriers. Seat pitch on transatlantic airlines is usually about the same; the average is a bit higher on transpacific lines.
But talking about averages skirts the fact that each big airline operates dozens of different types of planes, often without one standardized seat pitch. Newer planes may have different-pitch seats than older ones, and pitch can change when planes are refurbished. Given those uncertainties, we can identify only a few lines on which you can rely on an above-average pitch for any and all flights—and there’s one clear winner for the title of the airline with the most legroom in North America.

The Airline with the Most Legroom
With 34 inches of seat pitch across all its planes, Interjet is the unexpected airline with the most legroom. The Mexico-based, low-cost carrier flies from a handful of U.S. cities to lots of destinations in Mexico, plus a few in Central and South America, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Guatemala. Interjet operates Airbus A320s and Sukhoi SU9 Superjets, and says it foregoes about 30 seats on each plane to give its passengers more space.


Runners-Up for Airline with the Most Legroom
JetBlue is a strong runner-up, with 32 to 34 inches on all planes. The entire JetBlue fleet was once the airline with the most legroom, at 34 inches or better—but in recent years JetBlue has been adding more main cabin seats and decreasing legroom. We may one day see the airline’s legroom shrink to 31 inches of pitch, but it’s not quite there yet. JetBlue’s affordable Even More Space option, however, remains some of the best legroom in the sky, at 37 inches of pitch—several more than any other line’s stretch option.
Virgin America features 32 inches of seat pitch across its fleet of A319, A320, and A321 aircrafts. Alaska Airlines now owns Virgin America but hasn’t yet announced whether it will conform the seat plans to match their fleet-wide standard. Porter also offers 32 inches of pitch on all its Bombardier Q-400 turboprop planes, and aims for a higher-end niche on its regional flights in Canada and the Eastern U.S.—but turboprop planes are generally considered louder and less-desirable than your now-standard jet.
Southwest recently downgraded to a fleet-wide pitch of 31 inches—a decrease of one to two inches. Similarly, Alaska is downgrading its main cabin pitch to 31 inches on all of its new planes as well as refurbished older models—all which were once at 32 inches fleet-wide.

Other Airlines with Above-Average Legroom
While most North American airlines’ average economy pitch is 30 to 31 inches, the larger lines still have some planes (typically older models) that retain 32 inches or better. Among them are Air Canada E175s at 32 to 34 inches; older Alaska 737s that remain at 32 to 33 inches; some American 757-200s at 32 inches; Hawaiian 767-300s at 32 inches; and United B787s at 32 inches.

Legroom on Legacy and Budget Airlines Lags

Overall, the big airlines keep economy seating tight. Most planes—both long-haul and short-haul—on American, Delta, United, and Air Canada have 31 inches of legroom. The low-fare lines range from 30 inches on Allegiant to as low as 28 inches on Frontier and Spirit."

I personally have flown on Interjet and Volaris within Mexico about 14 or 15 times and I like both airlines. And, yes, Murray, I know that you not like Volaris.....or was that Interjet?
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When I read the title, I thought to myself "It has to be Interjet, I've never seen anything close".


Not disappointed.


I also thought "Spirit is last". 2 for 2.
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When I read the title, I thought to myself "It has to be Interjet, I've never seen anything close".


Not disappointed.


I also thought "Spirit is last". 2 for 2.
Hola Drew,
Been checking on your house every so often. Looks like it is coming along okay.

I am planing a trip early next year covering Puebla, Cholula, Xalapa and ???.
Wanted to fly (one way) from Xalapa (JAL) to Cancun (CUN) but don't seen to find any airline that has that route. Any ideas other than using Veracruz's General Heriberto Jara Corona International Airport? I planing on flying into Puebla.
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Hola Drew,
Been checking on your house every so often. Looks like it is coming along okay.

I am planing a trip early next year covering Puebla, Cholula, Xalapa and ???.
Wanted to fly (one way) from Xalapa (JAL) to Cancun (CUN) but don't seen to find any airline that has that route. Any ideas other than using Veracruz's General Heriberto Jara Corona International Airport? I planing on flying into Puebla.

Skyscanner keeps switching Xalapa to Veracruz, so that definitely seems to be the primary air gateway to Xalapa. Charter a Cessna perhaps? It would blow a hole in the budget, but would be beautiful. Aerosaab lists $2600USD from Playa to Villahermosa, so I bet you could arrange $4000USD to Xalapa.
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Skyscanner keeps switching Xalapa to Veracruz, so that definitely seems to be the primary air gateway to Xalapa. Charter a Cessna perhaps? It would blow a hole in the budget, but would be beautiful. Aerosaab lists $2600USD from Playa to Villahermosa, so I bet you could arrange $4000USD to Xalapa.

Is that First Class or coach
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Is that First Class or coach

It's the whole plane. 5 seats. So you can at least split the cost if you can find others to fill the seats. And you get service directly to Playa del Carmen Airstrip.
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I am 6'5" tall. I fly premium economy, different airlines call it different things. I often upgrade to Business/first class. I only fly economy when there is no other choice.

I am not traveling as much as I used to, but we are going from Cancun to London next year in premium economy.
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It's the whole plane. 5 seats. So you can at least split the cost if you can find others to fill the seats. And you get service directly to Playa del Carmen Airstrip.
Your late, I just booked my flight to Puebla on Volaris.
I will now have to figure out where I will fly back from.
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I can't fit in coach anymore so seeing as we travel once a year it's first class all the way. Like Roni I'm tall with long legs.....I had to fly coach two years ago and it was a royal pain in my legs.
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6'6' here and I only fly United exit row from Chicago to Cun. It's usually a $70 - $90 upgrade each way to from economy but I don't have a choice. Bulkhead is usually about $55 each way but I don't like looking at a dead wall at the bathroom that's in front.
We watch to see if there are 1st class tix available still the night before we fly and if there are we get to the airport very early and can usually upgrade for about $100ish.
Southwest is impossible to guarantee exit row seats anymore and American...well they just SUCK
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