I spend about half of the year flying around the world but getting into the SA
)">AA economy class cabin never fails to shock me. I don't think its just because it is small, dirty and uncomfortable as many Y class cabins are like that. I think it's because when you come to the US everything seems bigger...cars, food portions, cocktails (!), freeways, buildings...yet SA
)">AA seats are definitely teeny tiny!
long haul economy is one of my favourites for seat pitch and personal space. When the person in front of you puts their seat back you think 'uh-oh' but when you put yours back too there is plenty of room and it's comfy. NZ
domestic/trans-tasman is often a different story though.
Not sure if updated now but BA
's long haul economy with the foot rests are good - not so much the space but comfy.
I generally find really old Y class seats comfier as they are well worn to the shape of a human body - sometimes brand new ones need some breaking in like a new couch or bed does!
I'm fortunate now to mainly fly business long haul but when there is an economy leg I'm really picky about airlines so would definitely say NZ
. I would never use a US carrier for long haul economy unless it was a life or death emergency.