Best Economy Class (2021)


For the vast majority of travelers, flying means sitting in economy class – the most affordable option for air travel. But not all economy classes are created equal. These 10 airlines make the economy class experience more comfortable with perks like bigger seats, more legroom and ample entertainment options. Which airline has the best economy class seats? 

  • JetBlue


    JetBlue offers the most legroom in its economy cabin for an American-based airline. Passengers also enjoy free snacks and drinks, free wifi gate to gate on every plane and DIRECTV and SiriusXM Radio at every seat.
    Photo courtesy of JetBlue

  • Delta Air Lines

    Delta Air Lines

    Every economy cabin seat on Delta flights has its own entertainment touchscreen, but it’s worth upgrading to Comfort+, the airline’s premium economy, for extras like dedicated overhead bin space, three extra inches of legroom and an amenity kit on long haul international flights.
    Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines

  • American Airlines

    American Airlines

    While standard economy seats on American Airlines typically include free entertainment and the option to purchase wifi, the airline really shines with its premium economy offering, which offers wider adjustable leather seats with more legroom, in-seat power and USB ports and amenity kits.
    Photo courtesy of American Airlines

  • Singapore Airlines

    Singapore Airlines

    The new economy class seats rolling out across the Singapore Airlines fleet include ergonomic backrests with six-way headrests for customized neck support, an HD touchscreen with entertainment, power and USB ports and additional stowage areas (like a dedicated phone holder).
    Photo courtesy of Singapore Airlines

  • Emirates


    Passengers aboard Emirates enjoy free wifi and in-seat power in every cabin, including economy. Economy class passengers also enjoy regionally inspired meals, free-flowing drinks and more than 4,500 entertainment options.
    Photo courtesy of Emirates

  • Etihad Airways

    Etihad Airways

    Economy customers with Etihad Airways can still choose their seat free of charge, and all seats include full-sized blankets and pillows. Other amenities include USB charging ports, adjustable device holders and generous legroom. Premium economy options include Economy Neighbour-Free, where you get an entire row to yourself.
    Photo courtesy of Etihad Airways

  • Porter Airlines

    Porter Airlines

    Porter Airlines is a bit of a hidden gem in North America, offering regional flights to and from destinations in the US and Canada. Passengers enjoy comfortable seats, snacks and an assortment of beverage options (including local wine and beer).
    Photo courtesy of Porter Airlines

  • Air New Zealand

    Air New Zealand

    When flying economy on long-haul Air New Zealand flights, you’ll find flexible headrests and slimline seats, as well as 9-inch HD entertainment systems, USB sockets and shared in-seat power outlets for keeping devices charged.
    Photo courtesy of Air New Zealand

  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

    Economy passengers on KLM flights enjoy ergonomic seats, meals or snacks and an assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on both intercontinental and European flights. Seat recline tends to be a bit better than the competition in most planes.
    Photo courtesy of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

  • Qatar Airways

    Qatar Airways

    Qatar’s economy seats are among the widest in the industry and come with blankets and amenity kits on long haul flights. Widescreen TVs offer more than 4,000 entertainment options, and wifi is available on most planes.
    Photo courtesy of Qatar Airways


The top 10 winners in the category Best Economy Class are as follows:

  1. JetBlue
  2. Delta Air Lines
  3. American Airlines
  4. Singapore Airlines
  5. Emirates
  6. Etihad Airways
  7. Porter Airlines
  8. Air New Zealand
  9. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  10. Qatar Airways

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning airlines!

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