New Airbus A320 pivoting bins offer up to 60% more storage

By Chris Chamberlin, September 18 2014

Airbus will introduce new pivoting overhead bins as an optional extra on the A320 family of aircraft in 2016, boosting usable storage space by up to 60% over the existing ‘fold-up’ lockers.

Unveiled at the Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) Expo in Anaheim, USA, Delta Air Lines is on board as the launch customer with 45 A321 aircraft to be delivered with the new bins from Q1 2016.

The bins are also available as a retrofit on existing A320-family aircraft, and could one day appear on Jetstar’s extensive A320 fleet.

The low-cost airline has already flagged carry-on baggage as a potential cause of flight delays, normally resulting from inadequate room in the cabin to store every bag on full flights.

As a result, Jetstar is cracking down on excess cabin baggage and heavily enforcing its published size and weight limits with new ‘cabin baggage officers’ to be stationed at five of its busiest airports.

Read: Jetstar cracks down on carry-on baggage limits

Airbus touts its new pivoting bins as offering “the most overhead stowage volume of any single-aisle airliner per passenger” – even ahead of Boeing’s new ’Space Bins’ which take to the skies in late 2015 and could potentially be retrofitted to Qantas’ and Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737 aircraft.

While the new Airbus bins bring only a 10% increase in volume over the current A320 lockers, their shape and design allows for up to 60% more luggage space in practice – providing ample room to load bags in on their side, rather than loading them flat and having ‘wasted space’ above.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

05 Jun 2012

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Good idea from Airbus, but given how many passengers already waste space by putting bags in flat rather than on their side, I think the FAs will be busy turing over luggage to get the most of these new bins.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Aug 2012

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That's all well and good, but imagine the weight of the baggage over your head as you try to relax! Given the Americans penchant for overpacking and then lugging it all onboard, with little regard given by the American airlines as to actual weight (as long as it looks the right size) there should be some justifiable passenger nervousness.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

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Ohh the americans will be loving this.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Jun 2014

Total posts 165

No they won't!!! It's not Boeing :)


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