The most coveted luxury on an airplane is space. Airlines have re-configured their cabins again and again to maximize every last centimeter, cramming in as many passengers as possible.
Online flight search engine Skyscanner crunched the numbers using ticket prices to the 10 most popular destinations outside of the UK, as well as data from airplane seat analysis site Seat Guru, to determine which carriers offer the least expensive legroom.
Turkish Airlines came out on top, with each inch of precious space going for $15.40. The airline offers economy-class legroom of 31 to 34 inches. Legroom on Air India, where the seat pitch on long-haul economy flights ranges from 31 to 33 inches as measured by Sky Guru, was $17.76 per inch.
Legroom on many international flights start at about 31 inches, but the advent of premium economy offers a bit more to passengers willing to pay what is sometimes double the regular economy fare. Skyscanner also analyzed the legroom on the 10 most popular airlines for destinations outside of Europe last year.
Here’s how the top five carriers by value stacked up:
|Airline||cost per inch|
|Delta Air Lines||$21.88|
And here’s how airlines compared overall on space:
|Airline||Economy (in inches)||Premium Economy (in inches)|
|Delta Air Lines||31-35||–|
Lawmakers in the US last year failed to pass a law that would have established minimum legroom standards, leaving carriers the freedom to reconfigure their planes at will. British Airways recently said it would reduce the amount of legroom on some of its planes to fit more seats.