How to get legroom on a plane

If you’re looking for the biggest legroom on a plane, you’ll probably spend a little more money in the hopes of getting your hands on one of these 61-foot-long seats at 30,000 feet.

These very deep seats are big enough to accommodate two adults and four or five children, according to the cabins of several ultra-luxury airline carriers, including Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Emirates, and United Airlines.

When you book your seat, however, it’s still important to factor in the width of your armrest, the length of your headrest, your seat’s proximity to other passengers in the aisle and stairwell, and the distance from the aisle to the wing of the plane. That’s because your seat doesn’t just stack up to the on-board amenities. Sometimes, the size of the seats can influence your comfort levels.

United Airlines has been working on redefining the experience of sitting aboard a long-haul flight. The carrier converted 35 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to United Premium Economy. Each seat features a more spacious 9-foot-7-inch seat width and height, a personal screen, and enhanced lavatory and overhead storage space.

One in four seats in an economy-class seat are less than 7 feet, 6 inches tall, the equivalent of a 46-inch waist.

If you’re dying to sit in a seat with a row of cushy 60-foot seats, you’ll have to buy seats on the longer end of the spectrum (via luxury travel marketplace LuxuryCarbonBoat.com).

Read on for tips on finding your dream seat on a 787-9 or other ultra-luxury airline. (Sources include SeatGuru.com, SeatGuru.com and SeatGuru.com.)

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