Best Economy Flights to Europe and Other International Destinations

You don’t have much money but this is your year for Europe or Asia or other international dream destination. Of course, you’ll be stuck on a plane for hours but you’re determined to fly economy – and good for you!

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So which airlines offer the least sardine-like experience during a long flight in economy or coach? Fortunately, Skift has some answers.

Best Economy Class for Long Flights

According to Skift’s calculations, which took into account things like seat-pitch and seat comfort, the top spot for world’s best long-haul economy airline was a tie, as was the case for the runners-up.

  1. Etihad and Qatar Airways
  2. All Nippon Airways (ANA), Emirates Airlines and Turkish Airlines

The best a U.S. carrier could do was take top spot in the regionals:

  • North America’s best for long-haul economy: American Airlines
  • Africa’s best for long-haul economy: South African Airways
  • South America’s best for long-haul economy: Avianca.

If you’ve taken a long-haul flight in economy and had a good (or bad) experience, we’d love to hear about in on Facebook or in the comments below.


Updated: January 22, 2015