What makes a plane seat comfortable?

Fabric Seat Cover Economy Cabin Thomas Cook Airlines

We’d love to hear your feedback on plane seats and what makes them comfortable for long-haul flights. We know that space is important but what else makes your journey better? Also at the end of the feedback you can enter to win a model A330!


  • Nigel Parry says:

    personally I prefer Leather seats rather than fabric. I travel to Cuba every year sometimes twice a year.

    • Emma says:

      Please reconsider using animal products I would not book if you had leather seats they are disgusting sweaty and smell of death. Use an alternative of fake leather I have a fake leather settee and it has all the characteristics but is the ethical choice. If you want to
      Publicise an environment friendly alternative to your carbon footprint leather would be a no no!!!!

  • Adam Kinley says:

    Leather seats for sure, arm rest and movable head rest make all the difference

  • Cameron Bowsher says:

    Leather all the way! Makes a long journey more comfortable

  • Cynthia Julia Huber says:


  • Anne Pentelow says:

    I would prefer Leather seats , I think they are easier to keep clean aswell. I have no problem with the size of seats or the leg room, but one of our friends has to have extra leg room, but we have no problem paying.

  • Nick ftls says:

    Fabric seats

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  • Sam Simpson says:

    Fabric – it’s time to move away from leather!!!
    Or use Vegan leather alternative……

  • Lisa Ramsey says:

    100% fabric, Leather is nowadays not an ethical product to source. I travel to fair few destinations, &if a big company like you had fabric seats I would most definitely book with you. It would also be a great PR coup! Can you imagine the MILLIONS of vegans who would share this info, You would also be supported/endorsed by the many Vegan organisations

  • Maria G says:

    Fabric for sure – it’s the padding that makes it comfortable, and the fabric which keeps your temperature comfortable. It looks better too.

  • Pj says:

    Fabric, it’s more comfortable and it’s not the skin of an animal

  • Alyssa says:

    Fabric for sure! I don’t want my skin sticking to the seats and also would prefer my flights to be as cruelty free as possible (I’m aware that unfortunately we can’t avoid being cruelty free in all aspects of life, just take the new Β£5 note as an example, but where there is a choice I’d 100000% choose to not have an animal die for my seat).
    Or faux leather as someone has already mentioned. Fabric is good for me though.

  • Janette says:

    Fabric please..Not everyone feels comfortable sitting on a dead animal.

  • Helen says:

    Fabric!! Why use animal products when you have other choices..

  • Sheila says:

    No leather please! I often travel long hour flights and always felt comfortable in the fabric seats. It’s all about the cushioning.

  • hannah colbert says:

    fabric. I hate sitting on leather seats. either cold or sweaty.

  • Mags says:

    Who wants to sit in sweaty leather seats, ugh!

  • Michele Pridmore says:

    Fabric! Why should animals be slaughtered for people to sit on a seat! Could you pull the trigger? Could you look into an animals eyes & say your tastebuds or your right to a comfy seat on a plane, are more valuable than its life? Could you do it knowing that you’ve many other options that don’t involve killing? So why are you paying others to do it for you?
    Choose Vegan, choose compassion ❀️🌱❀️

  • Robb says:

    Fabric. Less sticky. Less harmful to the environment. Less harmful to animals!

  • Sla says:

    Definitely fabric. Moral issues and your customer’s varying values and beliefs must be considered. Many people would feel uncomfortable on leather (mentally as well as physically). Also just find leather horrible to sit on anyway haha

  • Nena says:

    FABRIC for sure. More comfortable, looks way better, no sticking to the seats and more importantly no animal has had to die just for a seat cover.
    Get with the times and promote a kinder company, more and more people are moving towards cruelty free living – get in at the front of the movement, don’t be left behind and end up not filling your ‘leather’ seats as people will no longer want to support that way of life! πŸ˜€

  • Jem says:

    Fabric 100% for ethical reasons I would not want to sit on a poor dead animals skin

  • Fabric and spare the cruelty

  • Jessica H says:

    Fabric! Leather is the skin of a deas animal. If that doesn’t make you uncomfortable. It should.

  • William Garner says:

    Fabric! If you go leather make it Faux leather! No wants wants to be sitting on dead animal skin.

  • Nina Shah-Onwukwe says:

    Fabric definitely. Why pay for cruelty to use leather? It’s a no-brainer.

  • Derek says:

    As a vegan I would not be comfortable sitting on leather. Maybe you should be looking at faux leather as a cruelty free alternative.

  • Kate says:

    Fabric. Hate the way leather feels and smells, and the noise when people move about. If it gets damaged it’s harder to repair, and sitting on the foam inner is even more uncomfortable.

  • Alison Bramley says:

    Definitely fabric please. Leather seats would deter me from flying with you. I don’t want any animal to pay the price just so that I can sit comfortably!

  • Alexa says:


  • Kerry Reaney says:

    100% fabric – don’t really want to sit on dead flesh. You’d be intentionally citing out a whole section of people πŸ™

  • Zoe Wright says:

    Fabric! I don’t see the need for leather, and as a Vegan, I would feel very uncomfortable, having no choice but to sit on leather!

  • Caroline Brogan says:

    Please don’t use leather, it’s unnecessary cruelty to animals!
    Please go with fabric or a faux leather if needs be πŸ™‚ x

  • Ninetta Kovacs says:

    Fabric please. We should not kill animals just for our comfort. We have a choice.

  • Celia Goode says:

    Definitely fabric covers, they are way more comfortable. I can’t stand leather seats at all, too hot or too cold.

  • Ali says:

    Fabric please! Imagine another species was voting whether to make us into chairs! 😱

  • leather seats all the way, and please please get rid of the horrible static arm rest in between the seats yuk!

  • Chamaine Grantham says:

    Fabric 100%

  • Margaret says:

    Leather seats cleaner and more comfortable.

  • Ian Parker says:

    Fabric… did you know that leather was originally used for poor Peope as it was seen as hard wearing, but of course it’s not! Plus leather was seen as a cheaper alternative! Fabric, better for customers, better for your P&L and ultimately Better for the environment. And no animals will be killed in the process of making your seats. Win win for fabric then!

  • Valerie Garvey says:

    Fabric please I don’t want to be sat on a dead animal yuck

  • Carole wilson says:

    Fabric…sitting on an animals skin in 2017.
    People need to wake up to animal suffering .

  • Naomi Andrews says:

    Fabric! Or faux leather – no animal skin please

  • Viki says:

    Move with the times, no-one buys animal skin any more! Leather is awful, you’ll be offering mink pillows next πŸ™

  • Jo Ellis says:

    Please please please fabric or faux leather. Please research why vegetarians and vegans would be uncomfortable on leather seats.

  • Mel Stones says:

    Fabric! More comfortable, and I hate the idea of sitting on dead animals. Why use cruel products when there are non-cruel substitutes? πŸ˜‰

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  • Jenny says:

    Definitely fabric. Leather is cruel and, when you think about it, pretty disgusting. Plus it’s outdated – just like smoking on an airplane!

  • Joanne says:

    An alternative to leather perhaps? Be the first aircraft to have seats made from a hard-wearing fruit leather. It’ll get everyone talking more than if you used dirty & cruelly farmed animal skin.

  • Nadine says:

    Fabric seat are much more comfortable as leather gets hot easily. I would also rather prefer sitting on fabric than sitting on the skin of a dead animal.

  • Leah Austin says:

    Fabric, no need to use animal skin

  • Nadine says:

    Fabric seat are much more comfortable as leather gets hot easily. I would also rather prefer sitting on fabric than sitting on the skin of a dead animal. Fabric can easily be kept clean with the right products and equipment.

  • Kari says:

    definitely won’t choose an airline that uses leather seats. Fabric is perfect and animal cruelty involved in the leather industry totally unnescessary, not to mention the environmental impact of leather production

  • Maureen Kilian says:

    Fabric for sure – it’s the padding that makes it comfortable, and the fabric which keeps your temperature comfortable.

  • Anna B says:

    Fabric, comfy and no dead animals involved

  • valerie knapp says:

    Fabric seats and leg room

  • yashashwi SHARMA says:

    Fabric definitely – I normally go on long hour flights, and if there are fabric seats then you can sleep well and sink to sleep

  • Raven says:

    Fabric! Skin sticks to skin not to fabric. Much more comfortable.

  • Michelle Johnston says:

    Definitely fabric. It’s cruelty free and your skin doesn’t stick to it.

  • Jo l says:

    Rather not start my hols off with sitting on a poor tortured animal killed for its skin so fabric please 😁

  • Lynnette says:

    Fabric as it’s less sweaty so you don’t stick to the seat, or some kind of vegan leather/pleather as it would be easy to clean. There is no justification/need for killing animals for seat covers (or anything else!) when there are cruelty free options these days.

  • Cory Johnson says:

    Fabric seats are much more comfortable, I hate my skin sticking to the leather. I would choose to fly with a company that had fabric seats over leather, unfortunately it’s hard to find airlines that don’t use leather.

  • Chris Odonnell says:

    Fabric please

  • CathW says:

    Not leather! Fabric is more comfortable.

  • Miriam Agat says:

    Recycled fabric! Better for the animals and the environment :).

  • Linzi says:

    Fabric is far more comfortable than sweat leather.

  • Patricia says:

    Fabric…. or anything else other than leather

  • Jenny says:

    Fabric!!! With the ever growing number of people who seek ethical and cruelty free brands, opting for fabric would definitely gain more potential customers than loose them.

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