Last updated: 05:07 PM ET, Fri April 17 2015

Boeing Adding More Carry-On Luggage Storage Room

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | April 17, 2015

Boeing Adding More Carry-On Luggage Storage Room

Airline passengers are always looking for more room to place their carry-on luggage while on flights, and Boeing took this into consideration when designing the new luggage bins aboard the 737 family of airplanes.

According to Boeing, the new luggage bins—dubbed Space Bins—will hold six standard-sized bags, two more than the current Boeing Sky interior pivot bins. The company claims the new Space Bins allow “for 194 total bags in Space Bins on a 737-900ER or 737 MAX 9, compared to 132 in the current bin configuration; 174 compared to 118 on a 737-800 or 737 MAX 8; and 130 compared to 90 on a 737-700 or 737 MAX 7.”

The new bins have a lower lip height to increase visibility into the compartments and help with ease of loading. The upgrades also include making the lid to the container easier to close than ever before.

Boeing commercial airplanes interior engineer, Steve Pickard, released a statement about the new storage upgrades:

“Space Bins were created to add value for our airline customers. But being able to see the ultimate customer, our Boeing airplane passengers, get excited about something my team helped build is truly gratifying.”

So far, Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines have ordered the new Space Bins, and the storage containers are now available to airlines for installation into next-generation 737 airplanes already delivered.

While the drawback of less headroom is something passengers will have to contend with, allowing for more carry-on storage makes this a much-appreciated upgrade for many travelers.


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