Alaska Airlines announced today that they will be the first airline to install Boeing’s newest Space Bins which increase storage capacity by almost 48%! The new space bins allow easier loading as they hang two inches lower but are deeper and wider which allow bags to be stored on their sides instead on their back. This innovative design allows for 178 standard size carry-on bags to be stored compared to the 117 now.
The new Space Bins will arrive on all next-generation 737 and 737 Max airplanes delivered to Alaska Airlines starting in late 2015 and will have the look and feel that Alaska’s new planes with the Sky interior currently have. I can see this causing confusion for passengers who fly Alaska often, not knowing which was their bag is supposed to fit inside the bin. Either way the additional space is well welcomed and shows that Alaska is responding to customers’ requests and market demands. As more passengers are carrying bags on today than ever before, more storage space for carry-on bags is a necessity!
Per Alaska airlines:
Faster and easier boarding
When open, the bin’s bottom edge hangs about 2 inches lower, which means people don’t have to lift their bags as high to load them. The deeper bins allow more bags to be stowed, and let customers load bags with less struggle.
That should cut boarding times, improve on-time performance and require less intervention from flight attendants.
Flight attendant representatives who tried the Space Bins preferred them over traditional Boeing Sky Interior bins.
“We are appreciative that flight attendant feedback had an impact on this decision,” said Matthew Coder, manager of inflight experience at Alaska Airlines. “The Space Bins will let customers easily toss their bags in, which means flight attendants can spend less time and effort reorganizing things, and more time engaged with our customers.”
Overall I am very happy to see that Alaska Airline is investing in Boeing newest and most innovated product and I applaud Boeing for responding to the need of the traveling public for carry-on bag space. I hope to see more improvements in the future and I look forward to flying Alaska’s newest planes with this product!