Consider the aircraft you will be flying on
Some of the most contributing factors that will determine your flight comfort will be a result of the aircraft itself. Whether the aircraft is wide bodies or narrow, and the standard configuration of the passenger can have a massive impact on your in-flight experience. This is especially true for economy and premium economy passengers, where seats are often arranged in the most efficient manner (very close together).
The Best Aircraft for Nervous Flyers
Boeing Dreamliner 787-9
Larger aircraft are generally going to be more comfortable. The Dreamliner might not be a wide as its competitors, but the plane has a high emphasis on passenger experience. The aircraft’s cabin air pressure is lower (equivalent to an altitude of 6,000, which compares to 8,000 feet in most other aircraft), making it less stressful on the body. The Dreamliner is fitted with electronic window shades and mood lighting, to help combat jet lag an offer a more comfortable environment. In terms of seating configuration, this will be down to each airline. Standard economy seats are usually arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration.
The largest operators of the Boeing Dreamliner are Turkish Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Air Canada, Norwegian, Qatar Airways, and Hainan Airlines.
The Airbus A380
If you are planning on a long-distance flight, then choosing an airline that flies an Airbus A380 is a great option. The aircraft has a spacious interior and nervous flyers are likely to feel much for comfortable in the larger space. The aircraft also provides a very smooth take-off and landing, helping to ease the cause of a lot of flying fear.
Qantas have the most Airbus A380 in their fleet, but other primary flyers of the airlines include Emirates, Singapore Airlines, and Lufthansa.
The Boeing 717
The Boeing 717 has a long and steady history. Delta Air Lines is one of the highest rated United States airlines, and the Boeing 717 is one of the most commonly found in the Delta fleet. Every seat has a charger and USB port, and passengers report a very smooth ride - great for those dreading turbulence.
Did you know, when searching for flights through Alternative Airlines it is easy to add the Aircraft Filter to your flight search. This means you can select the aircraft you want to fly on, and see which airlines provide flights to your chosen destination via your chosen aircraft.