Read to find out more on what makes an airline Economy class, the services and facilities and what airlines offer the best economy class flights.
Economy Class is a type of cabin class and also known as coach class, basic economy, third class or standard class. The Economy Class cabin is considered to be a basic cabin class, with standard service and comfort.
Economy Classes differs from airline to airline and many include complimentary services and amenities such as great food and drink, comfortable seating, in-flight entertainment, enough legroom, amenity kits and more. The prices of flights tickets tend to be much cheaper in the economy than other classes such as Premium Economy, Business and First Class.
As well as the complimentary service that Economy Class passengers receive in-flight they also receive a range of benefits for passengers on the ground too. For instance, some airlines offer extra baggage, free Wi-Fi, free seat selection, and in some cases access to Economy Class lounges.
Each year airlines are doing there best to increase the services and comfort offered in economy class.
Economy class is the lowest tier of all the classes on the aircraft and the Premium Economy is a higher class to economy. Many small airlines do not provide a Premium Economy cabin and therefore, the Economy Class cabin has taken many of the services, benefits and amenities that can be found in Premium Class.
For many big airlines, the Economy class is a separate cabin to Premium Economy Class, you can expect the Economy class to be less spacious than the premium economy class. Premium Class offers more legroom, wider seats, power outlets, larger entertainment systems, more choice of food and added privacy. However, if the airline doesn't offer Premium Economy and offers only Economy Class, you can be sure that the Economy Class cabin is the airline's standard cabin class with the most complete level of service.
Economy class is normally the cheapest option out of all the classes. If you're on a budget, travelling as a family, or just want affordable tickets then the economy class is the right choice for you. Many people are interested in getting from A to B and don't want the pampering services that the higher classes offer. You may want to check out our guide on the best airlines for economy class to suit your preferences.
Economy Class is a great choice for travellers who are looking for affordability, good seating and service and many airlines offer much more.
Most economy aircraft don't offer WiFi connectivity, however recently some airlines are now starting to add it into their economy cabins. Many airlines such as British Airways offer WiFi for a small fee however there are now a small number of airlines that offers free WiFi onboard like Emirates, Norweigan, Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand, Qantas, Hainan, Aer Lingus, Philippines Airlines, China Eastern, JetBlue and Turkish Airlines. It depends on the airline and aircraft you're flying with as some airlines may charge and some may not.
For more information on WiFi, how to use it and which airlines offer it click here.
Depending on the airline you're flying with you may or may not get food. Some of the bigger airlines offer you options to choose from. Economy class menus aren't fancy as the higher class menus are but rather something which is well executed, tasty and appetising.
Some airlines may require you to book you meal before you board and they may charge a fee for this. Please see the following pages on special meals that you could book to meet your dietary requirements such as religious meals, allergy and vegan and vegetarians requirements.
Economy class are made to offer a good comfortable seat for you to relax in throughout the journey and enough room to stretch your legs. Many airlines do allow you to recline back a little and friendly staff offering you amenity kits such as blankets, pillows, earplugs, blindfolds and cosmetic products.
The most generous airlines that offer free and extra baggage allowance of 30kg are mostly in the Middle East airlines such as Qatar, Etihad and Emirates and following airlines who offer 23kg are British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, Air France and KLM.