Anyone who has ever sat in an economy seat knows that, when traveling at least, sometimes bigger really is better. So for fun, we’ve compiled some data on the current largest/longest/most record holders in the industry.
Largest/Most Roomy Long-Haul Economy Seat According to website SeatGuru, Asiana Airlines gives long-haul economy passengers a relatively roomy 21” of seat width on its Airbus A330-300 flights. Compare that to the stingy 16” offered by ANA on its Boeing 777-200ER flights. As for the roomiest seat pitch (that’s the distance between a point on one seat and the same point on the seat in front of it): United Airlines offers a leg-stretching 37” on flights taken on a Boeing 757-200 (752) V2.
Longest Non-Stop Flight Starting February 1, 2016, Emirates airline will have the world’s longest regularly scheduled non-stop flight, traveling from Dubai to Panama City. The 8,580 mile trip westbound will take a grueling 17 hours and 35 minutes.
The longest nonstop flight of all-time, however, was Singapore Airlines Flight 21 which ventured from Newark to Singapore, racked up 9,535 frequent flyer miles one-way and clocked in at 18 hours and 50 minutes. Flight 21 ended its service in November 2013.
Largest Commercial Airplane The Airbus 380 (photo, at top) is a double-decker passenger plane currently flown by 13 different airlines worldwide (none of them American carriers.) It can hold about 850 passengers in a single class configuration but most hold between 400 to 600 in a three-class configuration.
Largest Gay Pride The 2006 Gay Pride parade in São Paolo, Brazil is estimated to have somewhere between 2.5 and 3 million attendees, making it the largest LGBT event on record.
Most Gay U.S. City (by Percentage of Population) According to a March Gallup poll, the San Francisco metropolitan area ranks as the gayest place to visit with 6.2% of its population reporting as LBGT. Portland, Oregon (5.4%), Austin (5.3%), New Orleans (5.1%) and Seattle (4.8%) round out the top five.
Longest Continuously Operational Gay Bar The Whitehorse Inn in Oakland, California has been open since 1933, making it the country’s oldest gay bar. Centralhjørnet, in Copenhagen, Denmark is quite possibly the world’s oldest LGBT watering hole; it has been continuously operational since 1917 and publicly established itself as a gay bar in the 1950s.
Nightclub Generating Most Revenue According to nightlife trade publication Nightclub and Bar, the honor of highest earning club goes to XS Nightclub in Las Vegas, which made around $103 - 105 million dollars in 2014. The Abbey Food & Barin West Hollywood - the highest earner among all U.S. gay clubs - came in at the number 21 spot.
Most Expensive Hotel Suite The twelve bedroom Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilsonin Geneva, Switzerland is widely recognized as the most luxurious (read: priciest) in the world. At more than 18,000 square feet, it’s also the largest in Europe. A one night stay at the current exchange rate will run about $62,000.
The Largest Hotel Currently, the very colorful First World Hotel and Plaza in Genting Highlands, Malaysia holds the Guinness World Record for having the most rooms at 7,351. The hotel is connected to a 500,000-square-foot First World Plaza laden with shopping malls, arcades, an indoor theme park and casinos.
Most Visited Tourist Attraction What would you guess is the most visited tourism attraction in the world? The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Florida? Nope, it’s number 8. Nor is it the Eiffel Tower (#38), Niagara Falls (#5) or even Times Square (#2). According to website Love Home Swap, who created the infographic below, that honor belongs to the Las Vegas Strip with more than 39 million visitors per year.