July 11 2014  |  Inflight Entertainment

Alaska Airlines launch customer for Space Bins

By Rick Lundstrom

Boeing has developed a new Space Bin that provides more room for carry-on bags. The bins are now available as an optional feature on new next-generation 737s and 737 MAX airplanes.

Launch customer Alaska Airlines will begin installing Space Bins on all new deliveries as soon as the larger bins become available in late 2015.

The larger Space Bins will stow six bags (two more than the current pivot bins) installed on Next-Generation 737s with the Boeing Sky Interior. A standard size carry-on bag measures 9-inches by 14-inches by 22-inches.

"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.

With a lower bin lip height, Space Bins provide increased visibility into the back of the bins and make bag loading even easier. They're also as easy to close as the current pivot bins, but require no bin assist mechanism.

"Alaska is committed to making flying a hassle-free and comfortable experience," said Mark Eliasen, Alaska Airlines treasurer and vice president of finance. "The additional storage space will allow our customers to keep their personal items with them in the cabin, which we think they will enjoy."

Boeing's Space Bins will also be available for retrofit on in-service Next-Generation 737s.

Max. Bag Capacity Based 737-900ER and 737 MAX 9

Bin Type (Introduction)

Total Number of Bags

Standard Bins (1998)

77

BigBins (2002)

125

Pivot Bins (2010)

132

Space Bins (2015)

194

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