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United Adds Larger Overhead Bins to Regional Jets

The airline says it is the first to add larger overhead bins on the Embraer E175 aircraft.

New larger overhead bins on United Express E175 aircraft (Photo: United)

United announced it is in the process of installing new, larger overhead bins on its Embraer E175 aircraft operated by SkyWest. The Chicago-based carrier says it is the first to add these types of bins on the 76-seat aircraft.

According to United, the larger bins will create an 80% increase in overhead compartment space and allow for an additional 29 carry-on bags per flight. This is expected to significantly reduce the number of passengers who need to gate-check their bags.

The E175s will join over 200 of United’s mainline aircraft with increased overhead bin space. United plans to have 50 E175s outfitted with the bigger bins by the end of 2024, with the possibility of expanding the program to include over 150 aircraft by the end of 2026.

“Customer sentiment for the new overhead bins and signature interiors has been extremely positive. By helping to eliminate the need to gate check bags, we are seeing an increase in gate and boarding satisfaction,” said Linda Jojo, United’s Chief Customer Officer, in a press release. “This is just the latest way we’re working to create an industry-leading experience for all our customers – whether they’re on an international or regional flight.”

The airline says it is still in the process of retrofitting mainline aircraft with larger overhead bins. The new bins on the E175s are expected to provide a more consistent experience for connecting passengers.

Accessibility is also a priority for United. Every E175 with the larger bins will feature braille and tactile placards for improved accessibility, which is part of a broader accessibility initiative launched by the airline in 2023.

SkyWest is the world’s largest Embraer E175 operator. The regional carrier flies up to 700 daily flights per day under the United Express brand.

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