Two weeks ago I flew TAP Portugal and the it was the most comfortable flights I've ever taken! It was in Economy even! This changes everything:

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Normally I find airline seats uncomfortable for a few minutes and painful after half an hour or so due to the lack of back support and the feeling that I am pushed forwards when the seat is upright. Normally I spend most of the flight with a 1-1.5" recline just to relieve the pain.

In this flight though the second control which enhances back support using a pneumatic system made it very comfortable and even handled the seat being upright with any pain.

How can one find out in advance of doing the booking which plane is equipped with this back-saving feature?

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    I just flew in United business (domestic within US) and it had the lie-flat seats. The seat controls included lumbar support, foot rest, back. Very nice.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Mar 26, 2017 at 17:35
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    @mkennedy lie flat seats are very nice but has ~nothing to do with OP's question.
    – user4188
    Commented Mar 26, 2017 at 21:01
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    Related, because the seat had a lumbar support control which is what OP is looking for. Perhaps I should have said it's doubtful that he'll find out in any other eco class.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Mar 26, 2017 at 21:04
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    Maybe check out SeatGuru?
    – Michael
    Commented Mar 26, 2017 at 21:06

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Currently, there doesn't seem to be such a web site, although there are quite a few that have seat width, pitch, recline, width, leg room, and traveller reviews. With the exception of first and business-class seating, very few have information on features such as lumbar support. For economy class seating, what is available tends to be anecdotal, via customer reviews.

Seat Guru: airlines, aircraft, seat width/pitch, comparison charts, reviews.

Seat Maestro: search by airline, and craft, along with traveler reviews.

Seat Expert: seating plans, by carrier and specific aircraft, and with reviews but only when one has been submitted.

Airline Quality: Customer reviews for seat legroom, recline and seat width, comfort, in-seat power.. and more.

Expert Flyer: airline seat maps and real-time airline seating charts that show available and occupied seats for a particular flight on a particular date. Combines seat availability with SeatGuru® ratings and reviews.

Seat Plans: plans for over 150 carriers, limited seat reviews.

Net Flights, legroom chart and seat pitches by airline and aircraft, seat details including pitches for each seating class.

And, until it's standard, some opt to carry along a lumbar support cushion, such as this inflatable version marketed to pilots. Travel shops carry it, as do online merchants like Amazon.

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