Boeing's new Space Bins to increase luggage capacity by 50%

At a time when some airlines are charging exorbitant fees for bags, Boeing has come up with a new cabin design that significantly increases the amount of baggage than can be taken on board.

Alaska Airlines will be the first airline to use Boeing's new cabin with deeper luggage bins

Alaska Airlines will be the first airline to use Boeing's new cabin with deeper luggage bins Image by InSapphoWeTrust / CC BY-SA 2.0

Their new bag tech is simple – they have deepened overhead bins to hold 50% more luggage than is currently the case.

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Current bins are not deep enough to allow for bags to go in side by side, thereby wasting a lot of space Image by Christopher Doyle / CC BY-SA 2.0 Image by Christopher Doyle / CC BY-SA 2.0

According to the Daily Star, the breakthrough has come by making the bins deep enough to stow bags on their side, instead of the present way on their backs. This creates considerably more space but it reduces head room. Boeing claim that this change actually makes it easier for passengers to put in or take out their bags. It is also easier in their new designed cabins to switch on the overhead lighting and air vents, they point out.

The maker’s 737 will be the first craft to have the new creation and Alaska Airlines is the first carrier that will fly the new aircraft in the next month or so.

Boeing's new features manager for 737 Brent Walton said they had come up with this solution because of strong customer demand for a larger bin. It was less stressful for passengers to have this facility at hand and it also has the added advantage of eliminating the need for airlines to have personnel gate-checking bags when, as currently is the case, there is no room in the cabin.

The manager said that feedback from carriers suggested that it would reduce the workload and could also help in achieving faster turnaround times.

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