New Boeing 737 Space Bins. Boeing image.
New Boeing 737 Space Bins. Boeing image.

Boeing to increase 737 cabin baggage capacity by 50% next year

US airframer Boeing which manufactures the world’s most popular aircraft the 737, will increase the cabin’s baggage storage capacity by over 50% from late next year.

Boeing will offer a new type of over-head bin called ‘Space Bins’ which can carry six bags in place of the current four standard size carry-on bag measuring 9x14x22 inches (23cm x 36cm x 56cm). With a lower bin height and eliminating the “bin assist” mechanism, Boeing is able to accommodate the extra bags.

Space Bins are available as an optional feature on new Next-Generation 737s (-700, -800, 900ER) and 737 MAX airplanes, and can also be retro-fitted on existing aircraft too.

With airlines introducing check-in baggage charges, passengers carrying bags in to cabin have shot up, and the space to store them has become a sore point.

Seattle based Alaska Airlines will be the first airline to launch the new bins in late 2015.

Maximum Bag Capacity Based on 737-900ER and 737 MAX 9

Bin Type (Introduction)

Total Number of Bags

Standard Bins (1998)


BigBins (2002)


Pivot Bins (2010)


Space Bins (2015)



About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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