Which Airlines Have The Best Premium Economy Seats?


In the past, you would only ever have the option of flying in economy class, business class or first class. But these days, for a little bit more you can upgrade yourself into premium economy, a new class that was created for customers willing to spend a little bit more for comfort. The best premium economy seats come with many additional benefits, such as a complimentary beverage or additional baggage, but the draw factor of premium economy for most customers is a better seat.

So which airline has the best premium economy seats? Read our guide below to find out.

First we need to understand what the average premium economy seat offers. TravellerAU has written: “The average premium economy seat is about 18 inches (45cm) wide, with perhaps 37 or 38 inches (93 or 97cm) of pitch (leg-room)”

So how do other airlines stack up in terms of the best premium economy seats?

Air France-KLM

Seat pitch and width: More legroom and up to one inch (2.5 cm) more room at knee level, so 40 per cent more space compared to Economy.


Air New Zealand


Seat pitch and width: 42″ seat pitch



Seat pitch and width: pitch: 38″, width 19.3″



British Airways World Traveller Plus

Seat pitch and width: pitch 38″, 18.5″ wide


Cathay Pacific

Seat pitch and width: Pitch is 38″ – 40″ (40″ in A350) and width is 18.5″ – 19.5″ (19.5″ in B777-300ER)



Seat pitch and width: 96cm (38 inch) of legroom, and are a generous 45-48cm (18-19in) in width.



Seat pitch and width: 46 inches and width 19 inches

Norwegian Premium


Seat pitch and width: 38″- 42″ and 19.5″ – 22.8″ (up to 22.8″ in the new Dreamliner).


Singapore Airlines

Seat pitch and width: Width between 18.5 and 19.5 inches, pitch (legroom) 38 inches.


Thomas Cook

Seat pitch and width: 35 inch pitch, 19.7 inches width


Thomson Airways

Seat pitch and width: Seats are 38″, economy is from 32″.


Virgin Atlantic

Seat pitch and width: 38 inch seat pitch, 21 inch seat width


Virgin Australia

Seat pitch and width:  41″ seat pitch and 19.5 inch width

Singapore Airways premium economy

So which is the winner?

The winning airline for the best premium economy seats is Norwegian airways, with a massive 46 inches pitch (legroom) and a sizable 19 inches wide.

Measurements taken from TravellerAU and other sources.