Difference Between Business Class and Economy Class

Business Class vs Economy Class
 

What is the difference between Business Class and Economy Class that demands so much difference in the fare? This question would have come to your mind while booking your air ticket. For that matter, business class and economy class are the two most popular classes of air travel. The major difference between the business class and the economy class is in the width and pitch of the seats; in other words, the space available for each passenger to relax their body and move their legs. However, this is not the only difference. There are other important differences between business class and economy class, which will be explored in this article.

What is Economy Class?

Seat pitch is what refers to the space between each row from the seat anchor to anchor. Economy class seat pitch is generally between 30 to 32 inches. If it is economy plus or premium economy seat, which is in between economy and business class, you will get 38 inches seat pitch. There may be slight variation on this sizes from airline to airline. Singapore airlines offer 32 to 33 inches (sometimes even 34). Qatar Airways also offer 33 inches while Thai airways offer a good 34 inches.

When it comes to seat width, the economy class seat widths are generally in the range of 17 to 19 inches. When it comes to seat recline, Economic seats can be reclined on an average between 100 to 115 degrees. Also, some airlines do not provide footrest in economy class. Further, the economy class has a low number of toilet per passenger compared to business class.This is one of the noteworthy discomforts with the economy class.

Difference Between Business Class and Economy Class

What is Business Class?

Business class offers more comfort with the average seat pitch is in the range of 48 to 60 inches. Some airlines offer much more comfort. Some airlines like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, South African Airways, Unites Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic offer bigger leg space, in the range of 70 to 80 inches. Emirates also offers better comfort for certain routes.

When it comes to seat width, the business class seats are wider by few inches than economy seats. The business class seats are on average between 20 to 28 inches. The wider seats in the business class offers more space for the passenger.

The other major difference between business class and economy class is in the recline angle of the seats. Economic seats can be reclined on an average between 100 to 115 degrees whereas business class seats can be reclined from 150 to flat.

Although first class is basically out of reach for many travelers, the business class is generally preferred by more travelers. It is important to note that business class seats are provided with few more amenities than the economy class seats such as Movie on Demand, swiveling TV screens, power for laptop, and any amount of food and wine. Food is also served first to first class and business class passengers and they have more choices too. Few airlines such as Virgin Atlantic and British Airways on some routes offer its business class passengers with internet facility too.
Moreover, the price of the business class seat is much lesser than the price of the first class seat.

It is important to note that not every airline offers many great deals for business class. There is not much of a difference between the business class and the economy class in some flights. As such, there is not much of a difference between their prices too.

It is interesting to note that in a typical Boeing 747 the number of business class seats is 79 whereas there are 265 seats in the economy class.

Not only inside the flight, even handling passengers at the airport differs for business class and economy class. Business class passengers have separate check in counters and no need to wait in long queues and they are also provided with special waiting lounges with food and drink.

What is the difference between Business Class and Economy Class?

• Seat pitch in Business Class is higher than that of Economy Class.

• Seat width and seat recline are also better in Business Class. Business Class seats are wider and they can be reclined up to 180 degrees. This is not possible with Economy Class.

• Business Class has better facilities than Economy Class. For example, more food choices, service is better, number of toilets per passenger is higher, etc.

• Also, Business Class passengers have facilities even before getting into the plane. For example, separate check-in counters, special waiting lounges, etc.

EconomyBusiness
Seat Pitch 30 to 32 inches48 to 60 inches
Seat Width 17 to 19 inches20 to 28 inches
Recline100 to 115 degrees150 deg to flat
TV5 to 7 inches10 to 15 inches
FoodStandard menu with few choiceMore choices
OtherThe following vary depending on airlines:- Movie  on Demand

– Swiveling TV screen

– Power for laptop

– Choice of liquor and freely available

– internet (very few)

 

Images Courtesy:

  1. Economy class by 衛兵隊衛士  (CC BY-SA 3.0)
  • Suresh Naidu

    There is one more cabin nowdays that is premium economy which is upgradtion of economy cabin