Leg of the journey

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LONG-LEGGED fliers may be par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in a side-by-side com­par­i­son of air­lines that of­fer the most and least amount of legroom, af­ter the world's largest air­line re­vealed that fly­ing econ­omy class will be­come an even tighter squeeze.

Amer­i­can Air­lines will be re­duc­ing legroom by as much as 5.08cm for pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling econ­omy aboard their Boe­ing 737 MAX jet­lin­ers, which are due to en­ter ser­vice later this year. The jets will fly pri­mar­ily do­mes­tic routes.

Seat pitch -- the dis­tance be­tween seats – will shrink from 0.78m to 0.74m on three rows of the air­craft, and down to 0.76m in the rest of the econ­omy class cabin, re­ported CNN Money.

The move is aimed at squeez­ing more seats into the air­craft's econ­omy cabin, and it puts it on-par with low-cost car­ri­ers like Spirit Air­lines and Fron­tier Air­lines, where seat pitch av­er­ages 0.71m.

Ear­lier this year, Amer­i­can Air­lines launched a no-frills ba­sic econ­omy fare as a way to com­pete with the low-cost com­pe­ti­tion.

Mean­while, aside from choos­ing a seat in the emer­gency exit row and bulk­head, for ex­tra legroom Cheapflights also rec­om­mends ar­riv­ing early and be­ing po­lite to the gate agents who may be able to re­as­sign long-legged pas­sen­gers in the event of last-minute can­cel­la­tions and no-shows.

Here's a look at the av­er­age legroom space for short-haul econ­omy class flights aboard one of the most com­mon air­crafts, the Boe­ing 737, for dif­fer­ent air­lines, ac­cord­ing to Seat­guru:

KLM – 0.76m Lufthansa – 0.76m Qan­tas – 0.76m

United Air­lines – 0.76m-0.79m Delta Air Lines – 0.76m-0.79m Amer­i­can Air­lines – 0.79m Alaska Air­lines – 0.79m-0.81m WestJet – 0.79m-0.84m Korean Air – 0.79m-0.84m All Nip­pon Air­ways – 0.81m — AFP Re­laxnews

We all want to max­imise com­fort on flights and legroom is one fac­tor that we con­sider. — AFP

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