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Seat Pitch

Liverpool
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Seat Pitch

This may be a stupid question but can someone please explain seat pitch? I've just read about a Thomas Cook flight and 17 and 31 were both mentioned and I'm not sure what they refer to.

Thanks in advance for any replies xx

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1. Re: Seat Pitch

31" is the seat pitch

according to seat guru: Seat Pitch is the distance from any point on one seat to the exact same point on the seat in front or behind it. While it is not the exact equivalent of "legroom", it does give a very good approximation of how much seat room you should expect.

17" is the seat width.

Edited: 7:14 pm, July 31, 2013
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2. Re: Seat Pitch

Not a stupid question at all.

Seat pitch is a measurement of the distance between one seat and another immediately in front tor behind. The measurement is between identical points on the seats, for example the front of the seat cushion, the back of the top of the seat (when both are in the non-recline position).

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airline_seat#Seat_pitch

It's therefore an indication of how much legroom you'll get, as a greater pitch means the seats are further apart. It's not the only indicator of legroom though, as seat design plays a role in that too. For example, newer thinner seats give more legroom at the same pitch compared to older thicker ones. And seats are now being rolled out specifically to give more legroom by moving the magazine rack from the knees to above the tray table - ausbt.com.au/photo-tour-do-slimline-economy-…

Edited: 7:21 pm, July 31, 2013
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3. Re: Seat Pitch

A word of warning, with the new seats airlines are installing, pitch is no longer a reliable measurement. It has always assumed that the seat backs are the same thickness. They no longer are.

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4. Re: Seat Pitch

Some thinner seats with little padding, can become very uncomfortable on long haul.

Liverpool
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5. Re: Seat Pitch

Thank you all so much xx

Chester, United...
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6. Re: Seat Pitch

Are you looking to fly long haul or short haul with Thomas Cook and to where???

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