Revealed: The best economy seats you may not know exist

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This trick may change your long-haul economy travel forever.

Airbus A380s may be one of the most exciting aircraft to fly on and are certainly the largest, but sometimes it can feel a bit overcrowded in economy - you are sharing the space with over 400 people.

But there's a secret to improving the experience of flying economy on an A380. It doesn't apply to every A380, but it's worth looking out for.

It's all about the configuration of the aircraft. Some airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Emirates operate A380s with a small economy section on the upper deck.

On a seat map, it can appear to be a bit off-putting - a handful of seats at the very back of the aircraft - but trust me, these are the economy seats to get, especially if you are travelling as a couple.

Unlike the economy seats downstairs which has a three seat - four seat - three seat configuration, the small section of the upper deck has rows of just two on each side of the cabin, with four through the middle and sometimes less than ten rows of seats.

So rather than being in a cabin with a few hundred people, you're sharing the cabin with around 80.

In the image below row 81 shows just how much extra legroom the seats offer as well.

Lower deck vs upper deck:

Singapore Airlines A380:

Revealed: The best economy seats you may not know exist

Qantas:

Revealed: The best economy seats you may not know exist

Malaysia:

Revealed: The best economy seats you may not know exist

Emirates:

Revealed: The best economy seats you may not know exist

China Southern:

Revealed: The best economy seats you may not know exist

British Airways:

Revealed: The best economy seats you may not know exist

What makes this secret even better is that these seats don't cost anything extra, you don't have to wait long for cabin service and the toilets are never far away.

But as airlines look to get more and more passengers on to each flight, there's no telling how long this section will be around for.

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