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Infographic: Which airline class are you?

A look at the best and worst.

Last month, Air Canada unveiled a brand new seating class called Premium Economy. With seven more inches of legroom and 20-inchwide seats, it’s a step up from the mediocrity of Economy, yet not quite as luxe as Executive Class. When introduced on the carrier’s Montreal–Paris flights in July, the hey-at-least-it’s-not-coach class will bring the number of Air Canada seat categories to four. The question is: Where does Premium Economy land in the global spectrum of seat classes? We surveyed the full range to find out.

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Etihad Airways’ Diamond First Class won Best First Class at the 2012 World Airline Awards. Legroom? It offers passengers a six-foot, eight-inch extra-wide bed (silk and cotton duvet) with a built-in massager, wardrobe, 23-inch LCD screen and private mini-bar.

First Class passengers on Lufthansa’s Swiss line have access to a full office desk. When they’ve closed their laptops, the extra ottoman transforms the desk into a cozy dinner table for two. It even turns into a bed with air-cushion technology that adjusts to each individual tuchus.

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British Airways’ top passengers enjoy angled seats for unlimited legroom and electronic blinds that span two windows.

Icelandair’s Saga Class comes with 40 heroic inches of legroom and a duvet cover to insulate flyers from Nordic winds.

Air Canada’s Premium Economy has the same 38 inches of legroom as Executive class, but without the Maple Leaf Lounge access.

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Icelandair’s Economy Comfort is a cut above cattle class: 33 inches of legroom and early boarding.

Air Canada’s basic Economy class has 31 inches of legroom and a slim 18-inch-wide seat.

All seats on U.K.’s EasyJet have 29 inches of legroom. The seats do not recline.

On Ireland’s Ryanair, proposed £1 standing “seats” would increase flight capacity from 189 to 230. Hang on tight!

(Illustration by Ryan Inzana)