The best coach-class airlines in the world
You see a lot of “best airline” stories, but many look suspiciously like they were based on business and first class. For most travelers, however, what happens at the front of the plane stays at the front of the plane — it’s something to fantasize about, but prohibitively expensive and not even remotely achievable in this lifetime.
As to real-world flying for real-world travelers, everyone knows that the coach or economy airline product in the back of the plane runs from miserable to unacceptable. The “best” options are really the “least worst.” So with that in mind, here are the best coach-class airlines in the world.
Best overall coach-class airline in North America: JetBlue
Even after the current downgrading, JetBlue’s extra legroom still beats any other airline. The de facto charge for a checked bag, at $15 over the minimum fare, is less than on most other airlines. The satellite-based Wi-Fi is free, at slow speeds, and $9 an hour for enough bandwidth to stream movies. And seats in JetBlue’s Airbus planes are an inch wider than on any competitors’ 737s.