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Best Economy-Class Innovations

Extra legroom, complimentary wines, iPad docks: some airlines are upgrading the economy-class experience.

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Economy-Class Innovation: More comfortable seats.

Qantas deeded all its design needs to industrial icon Marc Newson—and he hasn’t forgotten about economy passengers or the little details that can make a big difference. On the A380, seats have movable bases that recline as the back does, making for a smoother nap. But his canniest tweak is a new riff on the footrest. Newson strung a net from the seat like a foot hammock. It’s surprisingly comfy and a great prophylactic against deep vein thrombosis as it keeps circulation flowing.

Best Economy-Class Innovations

Qantas

Economy-Class Innovation: More comfortable seats.

Qantas deeded all its design needs to industrial icon Marc Newson—and he hasn’t forgotten about economy passengers or the little details that can make a big difference. On the A380, seats have movable bases that recline as the back does, making for a smoother nap. But his canniest tweak is a new riff on the footrest. Newson strung a net from the seat like a foot hammock. It’s surprisingly comfy and a great prophylactic against deep vein thrombosis as it keeps circulation flowing.

Courtesy of Qantas
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