Boeing and Alaska Airlines recently announced their intentions to upgrade 34 in-service airplanes to have more overhead storage, or Space Bins, in the Sky Interior 737 and 900ERs (Extended Range) airplanes.
This move makes these planes, which are currently in service, part of Boeing’s retrofit Space Bin program. All of the expanded bins will raise the carry-on baggage room up to 50 percent, depending upon the configuration of the aircraft.
“Alaska is committed to making flying hassle-free and comfortable,” Mark Eliasen, treasurer and VP of finance, Alaska Airlines, said. “Many passengers want to keep a bag in the cabin and Boeing’s Space Bins make it possible for virtually everyone to stow a wheeled suitcase. That’s why Alaska is thrilled to be equipping 100 percent of our new jets with Space Bins and retrofitting all of our existing 737-900ERs.”
The program was first started in 2015. By the year 2017, approximately half of the Alaska Airlines fleet will have new Space Bins.
“Boeing works very closely with our customers to enhance their airplanes with features that improve the passenger experience,” Mike Fleming, VP, Boeing Fleet Services, said. “By providing our customers with a retrofit option for the Space Bins, we are allowing long-time 737 customers, like Alaska Airlines, the ability to keep their entire fleet current.”
Boeing has a major manufacturing and assembly presence in the North Charleston area.
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