One of the best and cheapest ways to get around Europe is to use one of the many low-cost-carriers. But not all are equal, even if they are owned by the same company. Take Laudamotion, purchased by low-cost king Ryanair in March 2018 and renamed to Lauda. It has a different fleet of aircraft and a completely different soft product.
So how does the purchased Lauda compare to the Ryanair experience? Let’s find out.
The Austrian low-cost-carrier has a fleet of 21 Airbus aircraft, with the majority being A320s. They are considering buying 100 A321neos in the next few months from Airbus.
Their A320-200s are configured to carry 180 passengers in an all-economy seating layout. There are exit rows and the first row of seats that have additional legroom (34 inches), but these are sold for an additional fee.
Their average seat has a legroom pitch of 32 inches and is just over 17 inches wide.
Ryanair, the world’s most infamous low-cost-carrier, is well known for its grueling seating conditions. Their smaller seat pitch of 30 inches is almost brutal (although some airlines do provide only 29 inches of seat pitch) and at 17 inches wide it’s not a service designed for comfort. There are some premium seats at the forward part of the plane that have 32 inches of pitch, which readers will realize is the same dimensions as the normal seating in Lauda economy.
Ryanair also use the same aircraft type for their entire fleet, the Boeing 737-800. It is because of this that there is no mistake what aircraft you are going to get when booking with them. In fact, you will know the conditions right down to the same seat onboard.
Ryanair also charges for everything from seat selection to luggage to a fee for not booking in online. Additionally, Ryanair also has slightly smaller dimensions for carry on baggage, at 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, while most airlines allow 56cm x 45cm x 25cm.
Which is best?
Bottom line, choosing between these two aircraft should come down to price. If one is significantly cheaper than another, then it is best to pick that aircraft. If the price isn’t a problem, then it is unlikely that you would be flying on these low-cost-carriers anyway.
But if both of these flights are similarly priced, then Lauda comes out on top. Their extra legroom and more liberal baggage policies (checked cabin baggage fee of 40 EUR vs 100 EUR) makes your flight a more comfortable experience.
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