March 26 2024  |  Cabin Equipment

United Airlines becomes first airline to increase overhead bin size on E175 fleet

By PAX International Magazine Staff

United Airlines' E175 fleet will soon have larger overhead bins 

United Airlines has announced it will install larger overhead bins on its SkyWest-operated E175 fleet to provide more room for passengers’ carry-on bags. These bins will be available on 50 aircraft with a 76-seat configuration by the end of this year, the March 26th press release said. United may expand the E175 larger overhead bins offering to more than 150 aircraft by the end of 2026.

United is the first airline to offer these larger overhead bins on E175 airplanes and estimates this move will nearly eliminate the need for one million passengers to gate-check bags on more than 150,000 E175 flights, annually.

The larger overhead bins can accommodate up to 29 additional carry-on bags on the regional jets, which is an 80 percent increase from the current offering.

"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, Chief Customer Officer, United Airlines. "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."

United now has more than 200 mainline aircraft outfitted with bins large enough to fit every passenger's carry-on bag and is in the process of retrofitting its domestic narrowbody fleet. Every E175 aircraft outfitted with these overhead bins will also have braille and tactile placards to improve the airline’s accessibility.

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