Boeing has launched its new Space Bins overhead stowage systems, which have been designed to provide more room for carry-on bags. Space Bins are now available as an optional feature on new Next-Generation 737s and 737 MAX aircraft. Launch customer Alaska Airlines will begin installing Space Bins on all new deliveries as soon as the larger bins become available in late 2015
Each of the larger Space Bins can accommodate six bags – two more than the current pivot bins installed on Next-Generation 737s with the Boeing Sky Interior. This claim is based on a standard size carry-on bag measuring 9in x 14in x 22in (23cm x 36cm x 56cm).
“We’re taking the Boeing Sky Interior, which is hugely popular with our airline customers and passengers, and building on that success by adding even more room for bags,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “One of the reasons the 737 is the world’s best-selling airplane is because we work with our customers to continuously improve the airplane with features such as Space Bins.”
With a lower bin lip height, Space Bins provide increased visibility into the back of the bins and make bag loading easier. They’re also as easy to close as the current pivot bins, but require no bin assist mechanism.
Boeing’s Space Bins will also be available for retrofit on in-service Next-Generation 737s.