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Boeing increases carry-on capacity with new Space Bins

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July 13, 2014

Boeing's Space Bins will stow six bags, two more than the current pivot bins installed on ...

Boeing's Space Bins will stow six bags, two more than the current pivot bins installed on Next-Generation 737s (Photo: Boeing)

Seasoned travelers know the benefits of restricting luggage to carry-on, letting them smugly cruise past the suckers waiting at baggage claim at the end of a flight. But with the number of people going carry-on only, finding space in the overhead compartments can be a hassle. Boeing's new Space Bins overcome this problem, with each storing two more bags than the current bins.

To be offered as an optional feature on the new Next-Generation 737's and 737 MAX aircraft, the new Space Bins will stow six carry-on bags of the standard 9 x 14 x 22-in (23 x 36 x 56 cm) size. This will bring the bag-carrying capacity of aircraft including the 737-900ER and 737 MAX 9 up to 194, which is 62 more bags than the current pivot bins that were introduced in 2010 can handle.

Boeing says the new Space Bins are as easy to close as the pivot bins, but don't require an assist mechanism. They also feature a lower bin lip height to make them easier to load and increase visibility to the back of the bins.

The Space Bins can be retrofitted to existing Next-Generation 737s and will be introduced on new aircraft deliveries to Alaska Airlines when they become available from late 2015.

Source: Boeing

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This can't happen soon enough. Because of my frequent flyer status the lack of bin space hardly ever affects me, but on almost every flight the gate personnel ask people if they would like to check their rollaboards to their final destination due to lack of room.

Bruce H. Anderson
14th July, 2014 @ 08:22 am PDT

This is an engineering solution to a social problem. People continue to carry more and larger items onto the plane, thereby filling up all the available space. Having room for two more bags would be good, if people were actually limited to one carry on that was the size of the bags in the illustration. But many people try to cheat.

The best solution would be to eliminate overhead storage completely and gate check any bags that do not fit under the seat. This would cut the boarding and deboarding time by 60%.

I look for the loopholes created by herd behavior. Since so many people are carrying on bags, I check mine so I can get on and off faster than all the people who are waiting for others to clear out their bags from the overhead bins. Also, I don't have to drag all that stuff through the airport and keep track of it when I get food or use the latrine. I fly SWA so I can sit where I want: Sometimes in the front row if I'm in a hurry, sometimes in the escape-hatch aisle if I want a tray and leg room. I fly dozens of trips a year via SWA and they have never lost one of my bags.

Then again, I am not so devoted to my "stuff" as most people. The few things I really need I keep in my under-seat bag and the rest can be replaced. Actually it would be better, because the airline would give me cash if they lost something and I could buy new stuff.

IDNTBF
14th July, 2014 @ 09:17 am PDT

Is this a tech article or a press release? If it's a tech article, please tell us HOW Boeing managed to squeeze more volume from their bins. By making each bin longer? By removing dividers? By using thinner materials?

Paul Stregevsky
14th July, 2014 @ 09:40 am PDT

@IDNTBF "People continue to carry more and larger items onto the plane, thereby filling up all the available space. "

It is not passengers who want to take more "stuff" in the overhead bins, it is many airlines encouraging them to do so by charging high rates for check-in bags and telling passenger that the way to avoid the high charges is to take everything in carry-on luggage.

Rustgecko
14th July, 2014 @ 10:43 am PDT

@Rustgecko Frontier just charged my daughter $25 per carry-on!

Paul Stregevsky
14th July, 2014 @ 10:58 am PDT

For all airlines to retro fit into planes & new planes coming off line.

Stephen N Russell
14th July, 2014 @ 03:34 pm PDT

My 2nd bag is always quite small because I want to leave room for my feet under the seat in front of me. And I'm only 5-9.

The photo suggests the doors of the Space Bin slide into the space above the luggage.

Airlines need to strictly enforce limits on the sizes of carry-on bags to improve the experience of the majority of the passengers.

theotherwill
14th July, 2014 @ 03:44 pm PDT

@ITNDBF - you don't really fly, do you ? If you did you'd know that seat assignment is the only thing that governs how quickly you deplane.

nicho
14th July, 2014 @ 03:50 pm PDT

A feature that is needed is a clear see through door

or a door that locks when full

so the next dumb a$$ doesn't ruffle through every bag in there and try to jam another one in!

Buzz Allnight
14th July, 2014 @ 10:06 pm PDT
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