Air France is the first airline to order Safran Cabin’s ECOS (Efficient Cabin Open Space) shelf bins, with a contract signed to equip 24 of its Airbus A320s with the bins. Air France Industries retrofitted the first of the aircraft with the bins in July 2021, and it has now returned to service.
According to Safran Cabin, the ECOS shelf bins offer up to 60% more storage capacity than some other options flying today. The compartments feature easy-to-reach doors that do not encroach into the cabin aisle, with a low shelf height for ease of loading and visibility of contents, which can help reduce aircraft turnaround times.
Air France Industries reports that the installation of the ECOS system was “extremely efficient”, with certification of the interior facilitated by means of FAA and EASA Supplemental Type Certification (STC). The modification also included the installation of Movable Class Dividers supplied by Safran Cabin.