Even as economy seating on most carriers is getting more cramped every year, some US airlines stand out for their comparatively more spacious coach class seats.
Jet Blue’s offers spacious seats with 32-34 inch seat-pitch and 17.8-18.25 inch width on its Airbus A320 and Embraer E190 aircraft. Passengers can opt for more spacious 38 inch seat-pitch by paying $10 extra.
Virgin America offers 32+ inch seat-pitch and seat-width of up to 19.7 inches on its Airbus A319 aircraft and 32 inch seat pitch with 19.7 inch seat-width on its Airbus A320 aircraft.
United’s Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft have economy seats with seat-pitch up to 31 inches and width up to 18 inches.
Compare to these to a seat on Spirit Airlines’ A320 aircraft – 28 inch pitch with no recline and the seats are only 17.5 inches in width. The exception on Spirit is the very first row, nicknamed the “Big Front Seats” – offering 36 inch pitch and 18.5 inch width – of course, at additional cost. These seats have no additional legroom and no seat-back storage, making the seat roomier, but the seating space more confined.