American Airlines to Introduce Larger Overhead Bins on 737s

By Paul Riegler on 2 December 2016
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An AA 737 in Dallas

An AA 737 in Dallas

American Airlines’ newest Boeing 737-800s will be equipped with larger and completely redesigned overhead bins. Since roll aboards can be placed on their sides, the so-called “Space Bins” can hold 50% more than current bins.

The Space Bins have a lower bin base that makes it easier to place bags inside and provides greater visibility into the bin, which helps reduce the number of items left behind. The bins are also easier to close.

The Fort Worth-based carrier said that deliveries of the 737s with the new bins would start this month.

American currently has 282 737-800s in its fleet with orders for 22 more.   It also has 100 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets on order. The Max 8 is the next generation of the 737. The primary difference is the use of more efficient CFM International Leap-1B engines as well as modifications to the airframe. Boeing predicts that the Max 8 will be 20% more fuel efficient per seat than the current model.

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