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TRAVELLERS? TECHNOLOGY: Air Valid pitches to the tormented traveller

25th April 2009 - 15:41 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Whisper it who dares, but in the grim world of economy long-haul there’s an amenity that matters even more than IFE and connectivity. For anyone of more than average stature it’s legroom, as dictated by seat pitch and seatback thickness, that makes all the difference between a tolerable journey and hours of cramped misery.

If your shins and kneecaps have had their fill of the standard economy experience, French-based airline comparison provider Air Valid has just the thing – a listing of the seat pitches offered by a total of 157 airlines. Go to to check the carriers serving your planned route and decide whether they’re more interested in torture than transport. 

“Some leading companies have slashed their travel costs by requiring their employees to travel in economy even on long-haul journeys,” says the company. “So our seat-pitch information is now of direct interest to 90 per cent of all long-haul travellers.”

Air Valid delivers airline comparisons both through its Website and directly to its travel agency partners, which include Ebookers and Carrefour Voyages. The company plans soon to offer pitch comparisons as a Web service for the agencies so that travellers can make use of the information at the moment of booking.

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