Why there will soon be more space on the plane

Airplane cabin interior

Even in business class, passengers can customize their seat according to their preferences.

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Frankfurt A survey by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of about 26,000 citizens has delivered a crushing verdict on the level of comfort on board many airlines. It was too narrow, respondents reported cramping and pain, and some even wrote of torture.

In order to sell as many tickets as possible, airlines in the past pushed the seats ever closer together. But that could be over now. Airlines around the world are investing in their cabins. More premium quality for the masses – that’s the new motto.

However, “pumping” the cabin is not altruism. Airline managers observe that passengers are willing to spend more money for a more comfortable journey. And hope it stays that way despite high inflation. Private travelers would also book premium offers more often, Lufthansa chief Carsten Spohr said recently. But how comfortable will we really be when traveling in the future? An overview of plans for more legroom, more premium seats, new rows of beds and more flexible rebooking services.

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