HOW WE WORK IT OUT

The Busi­ness Trav­eller In­dia Air­line Sur­vey 2018 gives you the in­for­ma­tion you need to choose the best air­line, class and seat for your jour­ney and bud­get.

Business Traveller (India) - - AIRLINE SURVEY 2018 -

1 AIR­CRAFT TYPE AND CLASS

We have ar­ranged the sur­vey by air­craft type to al­low you to com­pare prod­ucts across the whole fleet in each class.

2 SEAT CON­FIG­U­RA­TION

This is the way seats are ar­ranged through­out the plane.The lay­out is im­por­tant to know as some air­lines are squeez­ing more seats into their twin-aisle jets by con­fig­ur­ing them 3-4-3 as op­posed to 3-3-3, for ex­am­ple, mean­ing you have less space.

3 SEAT PITCH

This is the dis­tance be­tween seats, mea­sured from a fixed point on one seat to the same point on the one in front.The mea­sure­ment dif­fers be­tween air­lines, but it in­di­cates how much legroom you will get.

4 SEAT WIDTH

Air­lines ob­tain the seat width ei­ther by mea­sur­ing the cush­ion, the dis­tance be­tween the arm­rests or from the out­side of one arm­rest to the out­side of the other.

5 BED LENGTH

A mea­sure­ment for fully-flat seats only. This is when the pitch be­comes re­dun­dant — the length of your bed is what mat­ters.

6 SEAT RECLINE

This can be mea­sured from ei­ther a hor­i­zon­tal, a 90-de­gree or take- off po­si­tion.

7 SEAT TYPE

This mainly de­pends on a seat's recline.We have iden­ti­fied five main types: stan­dard (ST), cra­dle-style (CS), fixed-shell (FS), an­gled lie-flat (AF) and fully-flat (FF).

8 IN­DI­VID­UAL SCREEN AND SIZE

With more air­lines in­stalling per­sonal screens, it can be a shock to dis­cover one that hasn't. But the size of the dis­plays can dif­fer.

9 AU­DIO-VIDEO ON-DE­MAND AVOD

in-flight en­ter­tain­ment (IFE) — the abil­ity to stop, start, rewind and pause movies, mu­sic, games and TV shows — is a must-have fea­ture across all cabin classes. It has largely re­placed the old-fash­ioned sys­tem of play­ing a se­lec­tion of movies on a loop.

10 POWER SOURCE

Many air­craft have in-seat power, be it the UK, EU, US, South African (SA), Ja­panese (Ja­pan), USB or uni­ver­sal (UNI) sock­ets.

11 IN­TER­NET

Many car­ri­ers are now ei­ther al­low­ing pas­sen­gers to con­nect in-flight to the web through GPRS (charged via net­work providers at in­ter­na­tional roam­ing rates) or, more com­monly, by in­stalling on-board wifi. Of­ten you have to pay, but some­times it's free.

I2 MO­BILE PHONE USE

Some air­lines al­low pas­sen­gers to use their mo­bile phones in-flight. Prices de­pend on net­work providers and not all car­ri­ers will per­mit all forms of com­mu­ni­ca­tion

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