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Travel hack: How to check what type of plane to use on your trip to get more legroom


This is the only thing you have to do when booking a flight to get the perfect seat with plenty of legroom – and hardly anyone does that.

  • Passengers should check the type of aircraft
  • Space and amenities vary between models

Passengers are encouraged to always check the type of aircraft they will be traveling in before booking the flight.

Each aircraft model has different cabin layouts even in the same class and varying in-flight amenities accordingly Travel + Leisure.

Some planes will have less legroom, not as much space under the front seat to stow bags and no in-flight entertainment.

Passengers who only take carry-on baggage can avoid checking their bags at the last minute at the gate with unknown hacks as the type of aircraft will also determine how much space there is in the overhead lockers.

Most airlines will list the aircraft model on their booking page under ‘Flight Details’ and the specifications and seating chart for each aircraft in their fleet on the website.

To get the perfect seat on the flight, travelers should always check the aircraft type before booking. Each model has different sized seats, overhead lockers and in-flight entertainment

There are many things to consider when deciding which plane will guarantee you the most comfortable flight.

The seat pitch, which is the measurement of the distance between the chair and the front end, varies from plane to plane, but a good pitch is 30 to 31 inches, or 76 to 78 centimeters in economy class.

Larger planes will have more room for seats, so the higher the number, the more space for passengers.

Travelers who only choose carry-on baggage to avoid waiting at baggage claim and have a quick checkout will want to know if their plane is large enough to fit everyone’s bags in the overhead bins.

Which Australian Airlines aircraft has the most legroom in economy class?



B787 9 Dreamliner

Airbus A380800

Airbus A330300

Boeing 717

Boeing 737

seat pitch of:

32 in / 81.2 cm

31 in / 76.8 cm

31 in / 76.8 cm

31 in / 76.8 cm

30 in / 76.2 cm



Fokker 100

Airbus A330-200 (332)

Boeing B737800

Boeing B737700

seat pitch of:

34 in / 86.3 cm

31 in / 76.8 cm

31 in / 76.8 cm

31 in / 76.8 cm

source: Seat Maestro

Full flights on smaller aircraft will have limited space to store items in the overhead lockers, so cabin crew will occasionally ask passengers to check larger hand bags for free.

While making room in the cabin, passengers who have their bags taken from them are required to either collect it at baggage claim after the flight or at the gate when they disembark.

The trick to avoiding a carry-on cargo check is to simply book a flight on a larger aircraft.

Inflight entertainment and WiFi options will also vary, so it’s best to know what’s offered onboard so you can download movies, TV shows, or podcasts in advance.

Some planes will offer live streaming services that passengers can access on their own devices, while others will offer free WiFi and long-haul flights often have seat screens built in with a library of movies, TV shows, and music.

Passengers should look for planes between 30 and 31 inches wide as this means they will have more legroom

Passengers should look for planes between 30 and 31 inches wide as this means they will have more legroom

Qantas customers can find the space and amenities on the aircraft they are traveling on in the flight information link on the booking page.

Flight information includes aircraft type, meal and beverage options, entertainment offered, seat pitch, charging ports for your phone, and a link to a seating map.

There is more information provided about the features on each airline’s aircraft at fast page.

On Virgin Australia and Jetstar’s booking page, customers can see the type of aircraft for each flight but will have to head over to Our fleet or the escape groupOn the pages of the website to see more details about the specifications of the aircraft.

Seat Guru By Tripadvisor provides detailed information about each airline’s lane models including pitch, width, type of each seat, and if there are entertainment screens, laptop power and Wi-Fi provided.

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