Economy seat options for larger passengers.
“Overweight”, “guests of size” or “customers of size”. However you choose to classify it, larger passengers on planes is just part of life.
So if you’re feeling that the size of an economy seat isn’t providing you the right amount of comfort, you don’t have to keep quiet about it. Many Australian carriers have alternate options to accommodate overweight passengers – all you have to do is ask.
This guide looks at economy seat widths, seat pitch, leg room and options for overweight passengers across Australia’s domestic carriers. With this information, you’ll be able to choose the airline that offers you the most comfortable flights possible. While leg room and seat pitch are similar the difference is that leg room is the distance from your seat to the seat in front whereas seat pitch is the distance from any point on your seat to that same point on the seat in front or behind you.
Australian airline seat size comparison for overweight and tall passengers
|Airline||Economy seat width|
|Economy seat pitch|
|Extra leg room|
on exit row seat
|Extra leg room seat charge||Options for overweight passengers||Business class seat width and pitch|
|Qantas||A330-200: 44.45cm||A330-200: 78.74cm||Up to 22.86cm extra leg room||$60 or 8000 Frequent Flyer points||Purchase extra seatPurchase a business class seatPurchase extra leg room||A330-200: 54.61cm width / 93.98cm pitch|
|Virgin Australia||A320: 45.2cmA330-200: 44.1cm|
ATR 72: 43.9cm
Boeing 737: 43cm
|A320: 78cmA330-200: 78.7cm|
ATR 72: 78cm
Boeing 787: 78cm
|Up to 96.5cm pitch in total||$10-175 (extra leg room)||Extended seatbeltsPurchase extra seatPurchase a business class seat|
Purchase extra leg room
|A330-200: seat converts into a 203cm flatbedBoeing 737-700: 49.5cm width / 94cm pitch|
Embracer E190: 50.8cm width / 96.5cm pitch
|Jetstar||A320: 45.42cmA321: 45.72cm|
Boeing 787: 43.18cm
|A320: 73.61cmA321: 71.12|
Boeing 787: 76.2
|A320/A321: 91.12cmA330-200: 101.6cm|
Boeing 787: extra 35cm
|$25 (extra leg room)||Purchase extra seatPurchase a business class seat|
Purchase extra leg room
|A320: N/AA321: N/A|
A330-200: 54.61cm width / 96.52cm pitch
Boeing 787: 48.26cm width / 96.52cm pitch
|Tigerair||A320: 46cmB737: 43cm||AA320 - 72.5cmB737 - 78.7cm||A320: 97.5cmB737: 86.3cm (extra leg room seats), 96.5cm (exit row seats)||From $20 (extra leg room), from $7 (seat up front)||Purchase extra seatPurchase seat with extra leg room||N/A|
|Rex||SAAB 340B/SAAB 340WT: 46.99cm||SAAB 340B/SAAB 340WT: 76.2cm||SAAB 340B/SAAB 340WT: 81.28cm||$4.80||Purchase extra seatPurchase seat with extra leg room||N/A|
What options does each domestic carrier offer for overweight passengers?
As economy seats on domestic flights generally come in standard width sizes, you might have to look at alternate options to accommodate you. This could include purchasing an extra seat, booking a business class fare or getting a seat with extra leg room. Find out what options each Australian carrier offers here.
Looking for extra seat width? REX is the most generous when it comes to seat width offering 46.99cm worth. The Tigerair A320 follows this offer with 46cm in seat width.
If you want to fly business class, then the roomiest business seat available is on Jetstar or Qantas’ A330-200 planes. Both offer 54.61cm in seat width.
Looking for extra economy leg room? Qantas’ A330-200 and Jetstar’s A330-200 can give you up to 101.6cm to stretch out, providing you pay for an exit row/extra leg room seat. Jetstar’s charge is more favorable at $25 compared with Qantas’ $60 fee.