While many airline seats are getting smaller, some fliers will soon get more overhead bin space.
Alaska Airlines expects to be the first airline to take delivery next year of
The new bins, which hang a few inches lower than traditional bins, can hold up to 174 standard carry-on bags. Bins now on Alaska planes hold up to 117 bags.
"The additional storage space will allow our customers to keep their personal items with them in the cabin, which we think they will enjoy," said Mark Eliasen, Alaska's vice president of finance.
But bigger bins may also benefit Alaska by cutting the time it takes to load passengers and their carry-on bags. Every minute cut on boarding can save $30 per flight, according to a 2008 study in the Journal of Transport Management.