Beginning in Q1 2016, Airbus will introduce a new pivoting overhead stowage option for the A320 family of aircraft. The pivoting bins, which are also available for retrofit, are claimed by Airbus to offer the most overhead stowage volume of any single-aisle airliner per passenger. Aesthetically, the modern curved appearance incorporates Airbus’ most up-to-date design branding – as exemplified in the cabin of the A350 XWB.
These new overhead bins offer 10% increased volume over current A320 bins, as well as capacity for up to 60% more luggage. For example, each section can now accommodate eight TP22-enhanced roller bags (22 x14.5 x 9in). Alternatively, the same section can also hold four TP24s (24 x 14.5 x 11in).
The bins will be launched with Delta Air Lines, on its order of 45 A321s. As Daniel Baubil, Airbus SVP and head of A320 program explained: “Through our non-stop innovation and collaboration with airlines like Delta, this latest enhancement to the A320 family makes the world’s most accommodating single-aisle airliner cabin even more appealing. Now passengers will have more space for their personal carry-on items, while keeping the overall feeling of cabin spaciousness.”