In this story, UNIGLOBE Experts talk about how frequent travelers are increasingly basing their seat preference on ‘seat pitch’ – the greater the seat pitch , the better it is. In this quest for space and comfort, savvy travelers give high priority to the seat pitch before selecting a seat. You might even say it’s their mantra for staying productive on the road! Have you considered your seat pitch, yet?

While many travelers are still unaware, a growing population of savvy travelers are focused on seat pitch these days. “Seat pitch is the distance from the backrest of your seat (say, the point your head rests on) to the back of the seat in front of you,” explains a UNIGLOBE Expert.

Seat pitch is what determines how much legroom you have on the flight. It differs from airline to airline (and indeed, airplane to airplane) depending on how many rows the airline decides to squeeze into an aircraft. For example, low-cost airlines will generally have a shorter seat pitch in order to maximize the number of passengers they can carry on a flight.

“It’s a valid consideration for travelers especially those on flights longer than an hour or two. As travel experts, we are increasingly asked to research seat pitch. Fortunately the information is available more easily than in the past with seat maps, traveller reviews and online resources like seatguru.com. It’s another way we support fulfillment of our clients travel preferences and adds to the other preferences information we track like in-flight meals, mileage program numbers, and preferred room types. Our goal is to maintain an accurate, enriched, electronic record of how our clients like to travel,” elaborates one UNIGLOBE Expert

So what are the pitch numbers to know?

The norm for most airlines is a 31-32-inch pitch — generally acceptable for  reading but not as easy for working on a laptop. For long haul flights, it may vary anywhere from 32 inches in Economy class to 90 inches in First class.

What else affects your seat pitch?

 “There are other factors that come into play to meddle with seat pitch and therefore, legroom. For instance, a thicker seat eats into seat pitch and this means less legroom. You’ll usually find these aboard older aircraft. Airlines now are starting to use specially designed slim-line seats that move the seatback pocket up to eye level and have a different support structure,” informs a UNIGLOBE Expert.

“Finding and getting the seats with “extra” pitch on an aircraft is becoming as complex as finding the elusive “best fare”. And now, some airlines are charging extra for seats with additional pitch such as the bulkhead seats or those in an emergency exit row. But in a country that’s now the domain of low cost airlines, there are only a few seats per aircraft that offer the promise of additional pitch or legroom. With multiple factors affecting seat pitch per aircraft and per airline – we focus our expertise on finding those additional pitch seats but more importantly saving them both time and hassle in the bargain,” concludes a UNIGLOBE Expert.   

 

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