On October 9th, Alaska Airlines proudly announced that that are the first airline to feature Boeing’s new overhead Space Bins throughout the cabin on many of their present and future airplanes. The redesigned bins will increase the storage space by almost 50 percent.
According to Alaska, they will take delivery of 35 737s, including one 737MAX, within two years, all fitted with the Space Bins. In additions, they will retrofit an additional 34 Boeing Sky Interior aircraft from their fleet, particularly 737-900ERs, next year. In total, 69 airplanes out of their growing fleet will be equipped with the Space Bins by 2017.
The airline claims that each Space Bin will contain two more bags than the pivot bins presently in use on their Next Generation Boeing Sky Interior 737s. The maximum bag capacity for the pivot bins currently in use is 132 bags, while the maximum capacity for the Space Bins is 198 bags, a significant increase in carry-on accommodation.
The Space Bins hang approximately two inches lower than the previous bins, according to Alaska. This not only provides extra depth to create significantly more space, it also contributes to passenger comfort, as it will be easier to lift carry-on bags into the overhead bins. As an added feature, the new design makes the bins easier to close.
This advancement is met with enthusiasm from Alaska Airlines as a whole. “We’ve been on a mission to improve our cabin experience for several years and Space Bins are part of a $150 million investment we’ve made to make flying more comfortable and enjoyable,” said Sangita Woerner, vice president of marketing for Alaska Airlines. “By the end of 2017, nearly half of our fleet will have larger bins to accommodate a carry-on bag for virtually every customer.”