Affordable Luxury in Air: Here are the world’s five top economy-class airline cabins in 2021 with luxurious experiences that redefine budget travel.
Luxury is mostly associated with first-class or business-class suites in commercial airliners. Economy class is known for its cost-effectiveness which helps the majority of passengers across the globe to afford air travel – domestic and internationally. People looking for the luxurious facilities of first or business class have to shell out a hefty amount for expensive tickets. On the other hand, the global middle class, which lives to the fullest, but economically, is stuck with minimalist services.
Nevertheless, some airlines have broken the norm to give the economy class passenger a number of luxurious facilities on board their airplanes. In short, these are airlines that take economy-class passengers from one corner of the world to another without compromise.
Here is a list of airlines which are known to give economy-class passengers an experience beyond the ordinary.
1. Japan Airlines
Japan Airlines’ (JAL) SKY WIDER seats have been named the best in the world. The seat size provides you with ample space for legs and also for your arms. The seat pitch of approximately 84cm-86cm gives a passenger greater legroom, while the 48cm space between the armlets helps one to sit comfortably. Free, unobstructed space under seats, a 10.6-inch touch-panel monitor, and power outlet provided for all seats are some other important features of JAL aircraft.
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The eight-seats per row (2-4-2) layout gives a passenger +5cm of extra space for comfort. Among one of the most distinguished onboard facilities, passengers on JAL can reserve special inflight allergy-friendly foods in advance. The inflight entertainment has movies and videos, audio programs, games and digital comic books
Japan Airlines’ SKY WIDER seats have been named the best in the world.
2. Thai Airways
The colorful seats of Thai airways offer a 32-inch seat pitch and 18 inches of width. Passengers are allowed to carry up to 30kg of checked luggage, one carry-bag of up to 7kg and one personal item. The passengers are provided with a personal pillow and a blanket for a more restful journey. Eyeshades and earplug are available on request.
A wide touchscreen for on-board entertainment also has a point for USB charger just below it. Games and books are also available for children starting from 3 years of age. While it offers a choice of main courses, including complimentary beverages, special meals that conform to religious, health or dietary requirements can also be preordered online.
Thai Airways economy class offers special meals that conform to religious, health or dietary requirements and can be preordered online.
3. Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways is also known for providing some of the best spaces for legroom. A seat pitch of 31-33 inches and width of 17.5-18.75 inches, depending on the type of flight, makes it at par with most of the leading airlines. Qatar Airways’ next-generation of economy-class seats have sliding bi-fold meal tables and dual trays for maximum space that can also be used to keep your laptop.
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A 13.3” widescreen with Oryx One in-flight entertainment system, USB C-type charging spot on each seat, adjustable, lightweight headrest wrap and 19-degree recline system are some of the most outstanding features of the airlines. The complementary kit has a lip balm, a toothbrush, toothpaste, an eye mask and earplugs.
Qatar Airways’ next-gen economy-class seats have sliding bi-fold meal tables and dual trays for maximum space.
4. ANA All Nippon Airways
The flights of ANA have a seat pitch of 34 inches, probably the best in the world. The fixed-back shell design seat reclines into itself, so you need not worry even if the passenger sitting in front of you is reclining fully. Many of ANA’s fleet of planes have built-in footrests to make you comfortable to sleep. Each economy seat has in-seat USB and AC power to help you stay charged and connected during your flight. The free Wi-Fi connection facility is also available on most of ANA aircraft.
Children meals and meals meeting specific health or religious dietary requirements are also available onboard. The passengers can also avail paid in-flight mean service ahead of time. Each seat either has a large LCD or a 4K monitor for passengers. A pillow, blanket and a letter set, which has a postcard, a ballpoint pen and a memo pad are also provided to every passenger.
Each ANA Economy seat either has a large LCD or a 4K monitor, a pillow, a blanket, and a letter set.
5. Singapore Airlines
Regarded as one of the best economy airlines in the world, Singapore Airlines seats have a six-way headrest for the perfect neck support. The 32-inch seat pitch gives you enough legroom, a must for comfort during the long flights. The airlines have the options of child-friendly meals or also for passengers with specific dietary requirements. Its amenity kit is packed with socks, toothpaste and a toothbrush.
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All bathrooms have hairbrushes, razors, cream, fragrances and mouthwash. The onboard entertainment has more than 1800 on-demand movies, while for those who are boarding from Singapore’s Changi Airport, the airlines gives them a $20 coupon to spend anywhere in the airport. Every seat has an HD touchscreen monitor, a USB port for charging and power plug for laptops to give the passengers uninterrupted power supply.
Regarded as one of the best economy class cabins globally, Singapore Airlines’ seats have a six-way headrest for the perfect neck support.