Unveiled today, Boeing's new ‘Space Bins’ could give travellers 50% more storage space than the current ‘Pivot Bins’ found on Qantas' and Virgin Australia's newer Boeing 737 aircraft.
Capable of squeezing in six bags per locker – up from the Pivot Bins’ four – they’ll provide more room for weighed-down passengers to stash their carry-on gear.
They won’t come standard, rather an optional extra on factory-fresh Next-Generation Boeing 737s and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Virgin Australia has 23 of the Boeing 737 MAX jets on order with delivery planned for 2019-2021, although it’s too early to tell whether the airline will shell out for the Space Bins.
Launch customer Alaska Airlines is set to pioneer the Space Bins on all new, capable aircraft delivered from late 2015, at which time the Space Bins will be made available as a retrofit for existing Next-Generation Boeing 737s.
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