Travel in Style: The Best Economy-Class Innovations

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Source: STACY SQUIRES/The Press

Source: STACY SQUIRES/The Press

Do you find yourself wishing that economy class could be a little (or a lot) more like first class? If you could just have a little bit more leg room or a snack that’s better than a tiny bag of pretzels, your flight would be a lot more enjoyable. Now, airlines are trying to meet those needs. From comfy seats to customized meals, here’s a list of some of the best innovations airlines are using in economy class.


Airlines realize the only way travelers can truly be comfortable during their trips is if they have comfortable seats. A new seat invention has the airline world really excited. The invention is called AirGo, and it provides every passenger full control of their seats, said ABC News. “The seat pitch has been increased to 41 inches, but has been designed in a way to occupy floor space minimally.” They provide 16 percent more floor space and every detail of the AirGo has been designed to give passengers more personal space. Luckily, AirGo has been deemed the future of airlines, so there’s hope that travelers may be enjoying these seats in airlines everywhere someday.

Hawaiian Airlines also has extra comfy premium seating available on North American and international routes operated by its A330 fleet. The best part? Five additional inches of leg room.

Another airline to look for if you’re aiming for nice seats? “Lufthansa embraced seat manufacturer Recaro’s pioneering design, purchasing 32,000 new seats across the fleet. The seats themselves have been thinned down (without compromising comfort) and the magazine pouch shifted from knee height to behind the tray table to increase legroom,” writes Today Travel.

Last but not least, the “cuddle class” seat is a great improvement. The Skycouch combines a row of three seats along the window sides of the aircraft, which then works as a bed wide enough for two people lying on their side, according to the New Zealand Herald. The Economy Skycouch is available on Air New Zealand’s 777-300 long-haul services, flying between New Zealand, Los Angeles, and London.

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