Average Airplane Weight (With 9 Examples)

Average Airplane Weight (With 9 Examples)

How much does an airplane weigh

Average Airplane Weight (With 9 Examples)

In short, an average airplane weighs around 90,000 pounds (41,000 kilos) empty weight, which means the weight of the airplane when its fuel tanks are empty and there are no people or luggage on board. This example is for a B-737-800 aircraft (which I flew all over the world, see my story here) which is considered a medium-sized commercial jet airliner.

 You can expect to add 84,000 pounds (38,000 kilos) of fuel, passengers, and baggage to that number to get a maximum takeoff weight of 174,000lbs (79,000 kilos)

Obviously, these numbers depend dramatically on the type of aircraft you are referring to. I will show you 13 examples of different airplane weights in this article for you to reference.

As a general rule, you can expect most airliners to weigh about 1350 pounds per foot length! (I know it’s an odd stat but I thought you would find that interesting). Again using the 737-800 as an example.

Here are a few examples of common aircraft and how much they weigh:

  • Cessna 172 – Used by many as initial training aircraft (27 feet long) – 1450lbs empty weight, 2450lbs max weight
  • Citation Jet M2 – (42 feet long) – 6990lbs empty weight, 10,700lbs max weight
  • Boeing 767-300 – (185 feet long) – 195,000lbs empty weight, 400,000 max weight
  • Boeing 787-800 – (186 feet long) – 264,500lbs empty weight, 502,500lbs max weight
  • Boeing 777-300 – (242 feet long) – 354,000lbs empty weight, 660,000lbs max weight
  • Boeing 747-400 – (232 feet long) – 407,000lbs empty weight, 910,000lbs max weight
  • Airbus A320 – (123 feet long) – 82,000lbs empty weight, 170,000lbs max weight
  • Airbus A330 – (210 feet long) – 274,500lbs empty weight, 507,000lbs max weight

The worlds largest passenger airliner is the Airbus A380. Its maximum takeoff weight is over a million pounds!

  • Airbus A380 – (240 feet long) – 610,700lbs empty weight, 1,234,600lbs max weight

Fuel And Passenger Weights

Fuel and passenger weights play a crucial role in determining the maximum weight of the aircraft. Every aircraft has a maximum weight that is provided by the manufacturer. This number is not to be exceeded for any aircraft used privately or commercially.

In order to determine the actual weight of the aircraft, you must add the empty weight of the plane + fuel weight + passenger weight + baggage weight and this number cannot be above the maximum allowable weight limit of the aircraft.

Aircraft fuel can be divided into 2 groups (for the purpose of this article). Avgas and Jet fuel. They both have different weights. Avgas is what the smaller non-jet engine aircraft will use. It weights around 6lbs per U.S gallon. Jet fuel weighs slightly more at just under 7lbs per U.S gallon.

Passenger weights are determined by the actual weight of people on board. In the example of commercial airliners, there is no way to know the actual person weight of each person on board, so they use an average weight which is based on gender, age, time of year and also allows for carry on baggage they may be bringing.

Understanding The Numbers

It can be really confusing when looking at the numbers to determine the actual aircraft weight and what it all means. There are a few different terms you need to know.

OEW – Operating Empty Weight or Basic empty weight – is the weight of the aircraft as it sits empty without fuel, passengers or luggage. But it does include all necessary fluids for operation. (oil, coolant, water, hydraulic fluid, etc)

MTOW – Maximum takeoff weight – Is the maximum weight of the aircraft to safely takeoff considering structural or other limits.

As mentioned, the maximum weight that any aircraft can be at the time of takeoff is MTOW. This is calculated by

OEW + Fuel + Passengers + Luggage – Fuel for taxi to runway = MTOW

Using our initial example of the B737-800 aircraft, the MTOW is 174,000 lbs. To calculate the actual weight of the plane on the day of the flight, using our formula above:

90,000lbs + 60,000lbs fuel + 25,000 passengers + 1200lbs luggage – 100lbs fuel = 176,100 MTOW

NOTE: These numbers are just used as an example.

With so many variables involved, each aircraft is different and therefore will have different weights. Each aircraft will have it’s own OEW and depending on the payload, will have different MTOW.

But to answer the original question what does an average aircraft weigh? The average medium-sized airliner weighs around 90,000lbs.

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11 American Airlines Facts You Should Know

11 American Airlines Facts You Should Know

11 American Airlines Facts You Should Know


American Airlines was formed on April 15, 1926. They are a huge airline based out of Chicago, Illinois, USA with 10 other hub locations. They are one of the most popular and most traveled airlines in the world.

With so many amazing and interesting facts over their 83 years of operation (as of time of writing), there are still so many things that are unknown about the Airline.

So in this post, I will show you 11 American Airlines facts you should know.

1. American Airlines is the largest airline in the world

In 5 different ways, American Airlines is the largest. This includes:

  • Fleet size – currently have 957 aircraft.
  • Number of locations served – 350
  • Revenue – over 42 Billion dollars.
  • Scheduled passenger kilometers flown –  324 Billion Kilometers
  • Scheduled passengers – according to Bureau Of Transportation Statistics, American had over 965 million scheduled in 2017.

2. American Airlines largest hub airport – Dallas, Fort Worth, TX

Not many people realize that Dallas, Fort Worth Texas is the largest hub airport used by American Airlines. Most will just assume that the largest airport would be Chicago, which is American Airlines home base.

Dallas, Fort Worth handles 51.1 million passengers every year and averages 140,000 passengers per day. There are many amenities inside the airport including shopping, entertainment, airport lounges and much more.

Dallas, Fort Worth airport terminal

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3. First female pilot

In 1973, American Airlines hired the first female pilot for a commercial airline. Her name is Bonnie Tiburzi who at 24 years old, started her job with American. She stayed with the company for 26 years and was also the first woman in the world to earn a Flight Engineer rating on a turbo-jet aircraft.

4. The largest airline reward program

American Airlines started its rewards program on May 1, 1981. It is currently the largest frequent flyer program with over 67 million members as of 2011.

If you are a member of the AA rewards program, you can take advantage of upgrades and discounts, priority check-in, car rentals, hotels and much more.

There are currently 4 classes or levels to the program. AAdvantage Gold, AAdvantage Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum Pro, and AAdvantage Executive Platinum elite members.

Also, take advantage of the Admirals Club and Flagship Lounge programs. Great deals and discounts are available at Priority Pass.

5. American Airlines is a huge employer

As of May 2017, American Airlines employs over 122,300 people with over 4300 employees at the main headquarter alone! With over 6700 flights per day, they obviously need all hands on deck.

Since the founding of the airline, they have created over 900,000 total jobs.

6. They are environmentally conscious

Can you imagine the amount of water American Airlines goes through? It’s a lot! The airline recycles water needed for washing planes, and irrigation. They started this in 2002, and that decision has saved them over 1 million dollars so far!

7. Biggest Merge in aviation history

On Feb 14, 2013, the merge heard around the world took place to form the biggest airline in the world. According to CBS.com, an 11 Billion dollar merge with American Airlines and US Airways took place and to this date remains the worlds largest airline. I predict it will stay that way for quite some time.

8. They made a movie (Well Kinda) 

The movie Up In The Air is a 2009 film starring George Clooney and is based on a frequent flyer who is trying to reach 10 million American Airlines frequent flier miles.

I loved this movie, and suggest you make time to watch it if you haven’t already. It was made on a $25 million dollar budget and ended up bringing in $166.8 million at the box office.

Since the movie was based on American Airlines, I couldn’t leave it out of my American Airlines Facts You Should Know article!

9. First airline to fly the DC-3 aircraft

The Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing propeller-driven aircraft that operated in the 1930s and 1940s. The DC-3 is a twin-engine metal monoplane with a cruise speed of 207 mph (333 km/h), capacity of 21 to 32 passengers or 6,000 lbs (2,700 kg) of cargo and a range of 1,500 mi (2,400 km).

American Airlines started passenger service with the DC-3 aircraft on June 26, 1936, with flights from Newark, New Jersey and Chicago, Illinois. It was the first airline to ever fly the aircraft.

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10. American Airlines was the first to use SABRE

All airlines today use technology and online booking systems to secure your flight bookings. It is so easy and convenient to book a flight nowadays. But it wasn’t always that way. In 1960, American was the first airline to use SABRE, which is short for Semi-Automated Business Research Environment. 

This computer reservation system is now used by millions of travelers and over 400 airlines. Prior to 1960, American Airlines used a manual booking system with card files and over time became so busy and overwhelmed that booking a flight was a tedious task that sometimes took hours to complete.

11. American Airlines ordered the most aircraft in history

Talk about an expensive order. Back in July 2011, American Airlines ordered 460 Boeing 737 NG aircraft and Airbus A320 aircraft! (200+260)

This huge order was placed to replace older aircraft models and upgrade the overall fleet.

According to Wikipedia, on April 6, 2018, adding to its previous order for 42, American has ordered an additional 47 Boeing 787 which includes 22 787-8 and 25 787-9, for over $12 billion at list prices.

There are so many more facts about American Airlines that are very interesting. The list is endless. But I hope you enjoyed these 11 American Airlines facts!

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Why Do Airlines Overbook Flights? (And Other Things Airlines Do)

Why Do Airlines Overbook Flights? (And Other Things Airlines Do)

Why Do Airlines Overbook Flights? (And Other Things Airlines Do)

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Topics covered:

  • Why do airlines overbook flights?
  • Why do airlines charge for bags?
  • Why do airlines allow pets?
  • Why do airlines cancel flights?
  • Why do airlines board front to back?
  • Why do airlines restrict liquids?

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Why do airlines overbook flights?

Overbooking and selling too many seats is something that all airlines do. It drives me crazy and many people get frustrated over this. But I kinda understand why they do it. Let me explain.

Even if you have purchased a ticket for a flight, it doesn’t guarantee you will get on the flight. If the flight is full and the airline oversold the flight, it’s possible that you could still be denied the seat and get bumped.

Getting bumped is what happens when the airline sells too many tickets and they need a certain number of people to take another flight. Most times they will offer certain perks and ask for volunteers to give up their seat and take a different flight.

This could sometimes end up being a good thing if you are flexible on your travel times, the perks that they offer can be quite good. Things like free flight passes, meals, vouchers, frequent flyer miles, and even cash can all be offered. Usually, the longer the delay, the better the offers are.

So why do airlines overbook flights?

Most airlines do this to make up for the number of no shows for the flight. This is the part that I understand why they do it. As a pilot myself for many years, I can attest to the fact that many people do not show up for their flights.

It can be for a number of reasons why, but I know for a fact that most flights have quite a few no shows. So the airline will sell a certain number of tickets over what the plane can hold due to the fact that they are counting on no shows.

The number of seats that they oversell by, is calculated from looking at the statistics for each flight and getting an average of no shows over a period of time. Time of year, time of flight, routing and many other things are taken into consideration.

Every seat that goes unoccupied is a loss for the airline. Your ticket prices and revenue that the airline makes is calculated on a per-seat basis. So it’s very important to have as many seats filled as possible for the airline to be profitable.

Here is a great video explaining why airlines sell too many tickets.

How to avoid getting bumped from a flight:

  • Don’t be late!

You should always plan to arrive for your flight 1.5 hours prior to allow time for check-in and security. You also need to be at the gate at least 15 minutes prior to boarding. Don’t show up last minute and expect to be allowed on the plane once the gate is closed. Also, keep in mind that most airlines will not refund you if you miss your flight.

  • Be kind to the staff!

If you are not nice, kind and courteous to the airline staff, your chances of getting bumped are greatly increased. The airlines will not put up with any sort of abuse or rudeness, so in the event they need to bump someone off the flight, you will be the first one picked.

  • Dress properly!

There are many things that will determine how you want to dress for a flight. Things like weather, destination, flight duration all play a factor. It’s important that you don’t wear inappropriate or offensive clothing as this would not be acceptable and would make you a good choice to get bumped from the flight.

As a passenger, you do have air travel rights when it comes to being flights being oversold and you being bumped from a flight. You can read more about your travel rights in the consumer guide to air travel from the U.S Department of Transportation website.

Why do airlines charge for bags?

It’s no secret that the airlines over the years keep ramping up the fees for the luggage you bring on board the plane. In 2018, many airlines including Air Canada, Westjet and Jetblue announced that they will be increasing baggage fees once again.

Years ago, most airlines had a policy where the first bag was free and you paid a fee for the second bag and so on. Then there started being a charge for the first bag, now you will see that it’s rare for there not to be a baggage fee at all.

Luggage weight also plays a role in determining the fee you will pay. If you are bringing heavy and bulky luggage with you, expect to pay a hefty fee. Of course, you can avoid these fees by choosing lighter luggage, but that’s not always possible.

It’s common now for the airlines to charge extra for everything. Bags, food, and beverages, even picking your seat online in advance can have an extra fee. As times change, and things get more expensive for the airlines to operate, cost of fuel, salaries, and many more things keep going up, so does the cost of our luggage fees.

But there is one good thing to say about these rising costs that kinda offset the fees. The days of buying an airline ticket, paying one fee and having everything included is over. This may sound like a bad thing, but as the internet took over and people were comparing prices of airfares, this caused huge competition and prices started falling.

So even though you may feel that you are paying for every separate item when it comes to the airlines, keep in mind that airfare costs have been dropping over the past 20 years or so. You may pay extra for your luggage, but are most likely paying less for the plane ticket!

This chart shows the decline in airfare from 1995-2018 adjusted for inflation.

Why do airlines allow pets?

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The regulations for traveling with a pet on board a plane is not set in stone. I mean there is not one regulation for all. Each airline will have different policies in place for them.

Some airlines may allow small dogs in the cabin, and others may not. Same goes for other animals. Also, the cost of transporting an animal on a plane can be different for each airline. It’s always best to contact the airline directly to confirm if your pets are allowed or not.

There is no restriction on bringing service animals and they are not considered a pet. The airlines must allow service animals and you will not be charged extra for them.

Most all airlines will allow pets as they are a huge part of our lives. Just make sure you follow their policies with respect to pets and you should have no issues.

Pro tip:

If you are allergic to a certain pet, make sure that you let the airline know so they can accommodate you properly if there is an animal on board. Don’t wait until last minute once you are on board to tell them as changing seats or flights will be more difficult.

Also if you are bringing your pet on board, make sure you have a proper travel carrier that is suitable for the pet. This will make things go a lot smoother for you and your pet.

Why do airlines cancel flights? – These are the main reasons

  • Weather
  • Security
  • Mechanical
  • Crew 

Flight cancellations are something that I am very familiar with. It’s something that you just get used to after a while. It’s also something that can make passengers very frustrated.

There are many reasons why an airline might cancel a flight. The most common one being poor weather. This is something that all airlines take very seriously and is also something that is beyond their control.

No one can control the weather and all airlines will put safety first. There are strict guidelines when it comes to flying in poor weather and the airline staff is highly qualified to determine when the weather is not safe to fly.

Security is another reason why your flight might be canceled. Airport security, aircraft security, and passenger safety are always the top priority. Airport security is stronger than it’s ever been, but if there is a security breach, you may encounter a canceled flight.

Mechanical issues are also common and it’s just something that goes along with air travel. All aircraft and airlines are under strict regulations to ensure proper maintenance is completed on all planes. But every once and a while, something will unexpectedly need a repair and cause your flight to be delayed or even canceled depending on the issue.

Flight crew staffing issues can also cause a flight to be delayed. Perhaps a staff member called in sick last minute or didn’t show up, or delays cause crew members to go over their duty day limits. This is something that is fairly common and most airlines are prepared and have backup crew members. But you may be traveling in a location where the company doesn’t have a base and on-call staff are not available.

Why do airlines board front to back?

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Boarding an airplane is never fun. It seems to take forever. Nowadays even more so, as the increase in allowed carry on bags make it take longer for everyone to get seated.

For a long time, airlines always boarded the plane from the rear to the front. Meaning that the last row went first and everyone else followed. Well, that was leading to the most aisle interferences and taking the most time.

Now, airlines will board the business class passengers first, then the front to back method is used. The reason for this is efficiency and speed. There have been many experiments that prove boarding front to back is the most efficient for the airline.

Mythbusters concluded that it is actually 10 minutes slower to board the plane from the back to front. You can read that article on Businessinsider.com

Why do airlines restrict liquids?

Actually, it’s not the airline’s restriction. This has to do with the Transport Security Administration and their guidelines for bringing liquids on board the plane. You are limited to 100ml or 3.4 ounces to be carried on board the plane.

The problem you will run into is at airport security. You will not be allowed through security with anything over the limit. This includes beverages, shampoo, and any other liquids. If you want to bring a drink with you on the plane, you will need to wait until through security, then purchase it before boarding the plane.

There is more information on the TSA website.

In summary,

Whenever you are traveling, make sure to have an open mind when it comes to airlines rules and regulations. They are there for a reason. Even though some things like delays or flight cancellations can be frustrating, it’s just part of the business and keep in mind the airline will always act with safety first in mind!

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Which Airlines Accept Paypal For Payment?

Which Airlines Accept Paypal For Payment?

Which Airlines Accept Paypal For Payment?


Which Airlines Accept Paypal


Can you actually pay for your flight using Paypal? Yes, you sure can!

These days, booking your travel online is the most common way to go. It’s so easy to do with online companies like Expedia and Trip Advisor. 

Paypal has offered it’s service to many airlines all over the world. The list of airlines that accept Paypal for payment continues to grow all the time. People love using Paypal to pay for their flights as it’s convenient and secure.

And it’s not only airlines that are accepting Paypal for traveling. Companies like Air B&B, Agoda, cruise lines, car rentals, and many others now accept Paypal.

According to Paypal.com, “PayPal is accepted all over the world in many different currencies. This means you can still enjoy the same easy, secure service anywhere you go from participating business partners”.

Why should you consider paying for your flight with Paypal?


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  • It’s convenient, quick and easy  – You won’t need to dig out your credit card, plus when your booking online it’s so easy to click that pay with Paypal button!


  • It’s a safe and secure way to pay online – Paypal is trusted by millions of people around the world as a proven way to pay online safely.


  • No extra fees- Some airline will charge extra fees if you pay with your credit card. If you pay with Paypal, you will avoid these unnecessary fees.


  • You may not have a credit card – Remember the days of needing a credit card to book anything for your travels like hotels, car rentals and flights? Well, that’s just not the case anymore. Yes, in some cases you will still need a credit card, but if you don’t own one, you can still book a flight online without one by using Paypal.



Some things to consider when using Paypal to pay for your flight:


  • Make sure to have a Paypal account already set up prior to booking. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you are in the middle of an online booking or about to click the pay now button and realize that Paypal is not set up yet.


  • Paypal might not be available everywhere. Make sure you confirm this prior to booking, as certain countries and areas may not accept it. Plus check if your currency is allowed.


  • Confirm any airline fees. Always check to make sure of any additional fees the airline may charge if you use Paypal. You don’t want a surprise charge that you were not expecting.


  • Paypal credit. If you live in the U.S, Paypal allows you to defer payments for 6 months. That may be something you want to take advantage of. But not all airlines allow you to pay with Paypal credit.




List of airlines that accept Paypal in 2019


I have put together a full list of airlines that are currently accepting PayPal in 2019. Keep in mind that this list is current as of the time of writing and is subject to change without notice. This list is in alphabetical order and sorted by region. 



  1. Air Asia
  2. Air China
  3. Cebu Pacific
  4. China Airlines
  5. China Eastern
  6. China Southern
  7. Hainan Airlines
  8. Malaysia Airlines – Only when using their mobile app
  9. Philippine Airlines
  10. Scoot
  11. Singapore Airlines
  12. Thai Airways
  13. Vietnam Airlines


  1. Ethiopian Air
  2. Kenya Airways
  3. South African Airways


Central America

  1. Aeromexico
  2. Interjet
  3. Volaris



  1. Alitalia
  2. Aegean Airline
  3. Air Baltic
  4. Austrian Airlines
  5. Azores Airlines
  6. British Airways
  7. Brussels Airlines
  8. Czech Airlines
  9. Eurowings
  10. German Wings
  11. Jet 2
  12. KLM – Only when paying with the mobile app will Paypal be accepted.
  13. LOT Polish Airlines
  14. Lufthansa
  15. Monarch – GBP and EUR currencies only.
  16. Ryanair
  17. SAS
  18. SATA
  19. TAP Portugal
  20. Transavia
  21. Vueling

Middle East


  1. El Al
  2. Emirates – AUD/EUR/GBP/USD currencies only.
  3. Etihad Airways – Only in USD, GBP, and AED and only for flights originating in countries where that currency is used.
  4. Qatar Airways
  5. Royal Jordanian
  6. Saudi Airlines


North America/Caribbean 


  1. American Airlines – Only for flights in the US, Canada, and the UK and must use a US Paypal account.
  2. Air Tran
  3. Carribean Airlines
  4. Delta – Only for flights in the US.
  5. Jet Blue – Not including flights to the Dominican Republic.
  6. Southwest
  7. United – Only for flights in the US.
  8. US Airways




  1. Jetstar Austrailia
  2. Virgin Australia


South America


  1. Azul
  2. GOL
  3. LAN


In total that’s 59 Airlines around the world that accept Paypal. Perhaps more by the time you are reading this.

The first airline started accepting PayPal in 2007. That was Northwest Airlines. The second to follow was Southwest Airlines.

As I mentioned earlier, many other travel companies use Paypal as well.

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So if you are traveling with any of these airlines or any of the other companies mentioned, go ahead and use Paypal! It’s safe and secure, easy and convenient, and using Paypal as a method of payment is growing all the time.

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Which Airline Has The Most Legroom?

Which Airline Has The Most Legroom?

Which Airline Has The Most Legroom?


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How many times have you boarded a plane and were shocked to see how little leg room there was? For me, it happened far too often.

Airlines these days are always finding ways to number crunch and find that little bit of extra space so they can offer lower fares. Low-cost carriers are constantly competing with each other, trying to better that cost per seat number.

You may have heard the term seat pitch, which is a name given to the amount of legroom you have or space between your seat and the one in front of you.

Passengers end up getting the short end of the stick, as the more seats they cram into a plane, the less space and legroom you are going to have.

If you are flying in economy class, don’t be surprised by the small amount of legroom you actually have. On longer flights, this can be very uncomfortable and frustrating even more so when the person in front of you tilts their seat back.

I did manage to find some airlines that offer a bit more legroom than others. Here is what I found.

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Which airline has the most legroom in economy class? – Flying in the U.S


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On average, expect to have 30-33″ of legroom space depending on the airline and aircraft you are on. But there are some exceptions. Keep in mind these numbers can change at any time.

  • JetBlue 32″-34″ Seat width 17.8″ A320 Aircraft
  • Alaska Airlines 32″-34″ Seat width 17″ B737-400 Aircraft
  • Southwest Airlines 31″-32″ Seat width 17″ B737-700 Aircraft
  • American Airlines 31″-32″ Seat width 18″ A320 Aircraft
  • Delta Airlines 30″-32″ Seat width 17.2″ B757-200 Aircraft


Some airlines will use the aircraft which are configured for international routes on domestic flights.

These numbers are based on aircraft that are configured for international routes but also fly domestic routed in the U.S. There is a good chance that your aircraft will have the average 30-33″ configuration but it’s impossible to know which aircraft you will be flying on the day of your travels.

  • JetBlue 37″-41″ Seat width 18″ A321 Aircraft

  • Alaska Airlines 37″-38″ Seat Width 18″ A319-A321 Aircraft

  • American Airlines 34″-40″ Seat width 17.1″-17.3″ B737-800 Aircraft

  • Delta Airlines 34″-35″ Seat width 17.2″ B757-200 Aircraft

  • United Airlines 34″-38″ Seat width 17.2″ B737-700 Aircraft


Interjet Airlines says it offers legroom of 34″ and does have flights in the U.S, but is based in Mexico so I left it off the U.S list.

You will find other carriers like Frontier Airlines that only offer 28″ of legroom space! Ouch!

You can also check out Seatguru.com, for a Short-haul Economy Class Comparison Chart for many other airlines.

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Which airline has the most legroom in economy class? – Flying International


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Some airlines will offer more legroom on international flights. Yes, some but not all. I did some research and found that depending on the airline and aircraft seat configuration, these are the airlines that offer the most legroom on long haul flights.

Keep in mind that depending on the aircraft the airline assigns to your flight that day, you may end up with 30-34″ of legroom even on an international flight in economy class.


  • JetBlue 37″-41″ Seat width 18″ A321 Aircraft

  • Alaska Airlines 37″-38″ Seat Width 18″ A319-A321 Aircraft

  • American Airlines 34″-40″ Seat width 17.1″-17.3″ B737-800 Aircraft

  • Delta Airlines 34″-35″ Seat width 17.2″ B757-200 Aircraft

  • United Airlines 34″-38″ Seat width 17.2″ B737-700 Aircraft



We found some larger numbers with these other international airlines:

  • Air Canada 35″ Seat width B767-300ER Aircraft
  • Asiana 36″ Seat width 18″ A350-900 Aircraft
  • Hawaiian Air 36-37″ Seat width 17.3″ A321-Neo Aircraft
  • Singapore Airlines 34″ Seat width 17.5″ B777-200ER Aircraft
  • Virgin Australia 38″ Seat width 18.5″ B777-300ER Aircraft
  • Westjet Airlines 38″ Seat width 20″ B767-300ER Aircraft


You can also check out Seatguru.com, for a Long-haul Economy Class Comparison Chart for many other airlines.


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United Airlines – 13 Things You Need To Know Before You Fly

United Airlines – 13 Things You Need To Know Before You Fly

United Airlines – 13 Things You Need To Know Before You Fly

By: Flyguy

United Airlines things to know

If you are planning a weekend getaway, family vacation or just a business trip, chances are United Airlines will fly there. They are the third largest airline in the world and have 7 hub bases with the largest being Chicago, O-Hare airport being the largest.

United Airlines was founded in 1926 and currently employs over 86,000 people. If you are looking to fly with United Airlines, I have put together some important information you will need to know prior to flying.

Things You Need To Know About Before Flying United Airlines:

Where Do They Fly? – United Airlines Destinations

United Airlines operates to 231 destinations and 125 international destinations in 48 countries across 5 continents. They currently have 7 hub bases including:

  • Chicago O-Hare
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Newark
  • San Francisco
  • Washington – Dulles

You can see a full list of destinations served by United and partners here.

What types of aircraft does United Airlines use?

United Airlines currently has a fleet of 758 aircraft, a mix of Boeing and Airbus.

What are the United Airlines Fare classes?

You can break down the United Airlines seating into the following classes:

Basic Economy – This class will come with many restrictions and probably shouldn’t be your first choice. Sure the fares are cheaper, but you will be restricted to the following:

Seat selection is not allowed, including sitting with your family or as a group. This may not be possible. Bringing a full-size carry on bag is not allowed. Only 1 personal size item is allowed. If you bring a full sized carry on to the gate, you will be charged extra. You will be last to board the aircraft, and if there any changes or you need a refund, well there are no guarantees. You will have to pay for an upgrade to regular economy and certain Mileage plus or member benefits are not available.

United Economy –  This is available on all flights. These seats will have more legroom and seat pitch. Food and snacks are available for purchase on domestic, Caribbean, and some Latin America flights. Basic entertainment screen in the headrest is available.

Economy Plus –  This is available on all flights. These seats are upgraded from economy and will provide more room and seat pitch. Economy Plus will cost you more money but come with more comfort and extras. Most of these seats are located towards the front of the plane. This is also available free of charge for Mileage plus members.

United First and United Business – United first is available on aircraft that fly domestically. If flying internationally, the same area is branded as United business. These seats will come with more space and legroom, increase seat pitch and some with fully flat beds. You will be given priority boarding and baggage handling plus complimentary meals and beverages. 

What is United Airlines refund policy?

According to United.com, “Tickets purchased through united.com or the United Customer Contact Center within the last 24 hours may qualify for waiver of change or cancellation fees under our 24-hour flexible booking policy.”

You can see the full United Airlines ticket refund policy here.

Does United Airlines have a price guarantee?

Yes, United Vacations offer a best price guarantee.

United airlines price guarantee

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What is United Airlines Luggage policy?

In most cases, you will be allowed 1 carry on bag and 1 checked bag free of charge. If traveling in Basic Economy, you will only be allowed 1 personal sized carry on item.

Carry on bags maximum dimensions are 9″ x 14″ x 22″ which includes the handle and wheels. Your personal item maximum dimensions are 9″ x 10″ x 17″

United Airline baggage rules

Image credit United.com

Checked luggage maximum exterior dimensions is 62″ which includes the handle and wheels. (length + width + height). The maximum weight is based on the class of service. See image below.

I recommend you always weigh your luggage yourself prior to departing in order to avoid excess baggage fees. I mention how to avoid overweight luggage fees here.

Weighing your own luggage accurately can be done using a luggage scale.

United airline baggage rules

Image credit United.com

What is United Airlines seating configuration and how much legroom is there?

United Economy seats normally have a seat pitch of 31″ with a recline of 3″. United Economy Plus seats have a seat pitch of 36″ with a recline of 5″. United business seats have a seat pitch of 38″ with a recline of 6″.

These numbers are for the Boeing 737-700 aircraft. Other aircraft may vary slightly.

The amount of legroom will vary between different aircraft and the location of the seat on the plane. For basic economy seats, the legroom space will be minimal. You can gain an extra 6″ of space by upgrading to Economy Plus. Another great way to get more legroom is to try and get the seats in the emergency exit rows. These seats normally will have plenty of legroom.

What type of Frequent Flyer Program does United Airlines have?

United has a MileagePlus frequent flyer program. There is one important thing to mention about the program. If you don’t use your points within 18 months you will lose them unless you have a MileagePlus credit card, then they will not expire.

Does United Airlines have onboard meals?

United Airlines will provide a variety of food and drink selections based on the route and duration of your flight. This can range from light packaged snacks to multi-course meals.

In economy class, expect to be offered complimentary soft drinks, juices, tea, and coffee. Light snacks like pretzels are free. Other snacks and snack boxes are available for purchase from a choice menu which includes a variety of breakfast sandwiches and other meals.

Beer, wine and other spirits are available for purchase.

On international flights in Economy class, you will be offered complimentary meal service including drinks, a 3-course meal, and snacks.

What does United Airlines have for onboard entertainment and Wifi?

United Private Screening is available for Economy passengers on a variety of aircraft and most flights. Availability will vary and it’s best to check the flight status information to see if this is offered on your flight. This will have a large selection of TV shows, movies, and music that you can choose from.

DirectTV is available for purchase on Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft. This gives you over 100 channels of live TV.

United Wifi is also available on most flights for a fee. You can see the full coverage map for onboard Wifi here.

I recommend you bring along your own pair of headphones for onboard entertainment. You can refer to our headphones section for full reviews and recommendations for travel headphones.

What carry on board items are allowed on Alaska Airlines?

There are many prohibited and restricted items that are not allowed on board the plane. There are also guidelines for bringing liquids and other goods which you should review prior to traveling.

Refer to the TSA website to see a full review of what is allowed on board a plane.

Also, United Airlines has a full list of prohibited and restricted items on their website.

Customer reviews for United Airlines

According to Business Insider, United Airlines ranked #9 out of 10, almost finishing in last place based on 7 factors of the study having an index score of 708. This was based on the North America Airline Satisfaction Study, which measures passenger satisfaction in 7 areas.

Cost & fees, in-flight services, aircraft, boarding/deplaning/baggage, flight crew, check-in, and reservation.

Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale.

Personally, I have flown with United Airlines several times and was disappointed in many areas. I found the customer service to be poor, including the gate agents and flight attendants. This is just my experience with them, and am not saying you will experience the same.

How to contact and book a United Airlines flight?

Flights can be booked online at United.com

Customer service 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331) 

International contact options here.

Hopefully, you found this United Airlines guide helpful. As always, feel free to leave a comment or send us a message anytime via our contact form.

If you would like to read more information on travel gear for carrying on board a plane, see our buying guides.

More air travel tips and advice can be found here.

Thanks for reading!

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