The end of economy-class carry-on baggage chaos? Game-changing supersized overhead luggage bins are increasingly commonplace – with Lufthansa fitting them in 2025
The chaos of passengers scrambling to cram cases into overhead stowage compartments on planes is increasingly likely to become a thing of the past.
That’s because new breeds of extra-large overhead bins have been rolled out, with more inked-in to be fitted in the near future.
The new Airspace L Bin, by Airbus, will be fitted to 38 of Lufthansa’s A320s in January 2025. They provide 60 per cent more bag capacity than the previous-generation A320 bins, allowing for three extra bags per bin and able to accommodate bags that are 61cm (height) x 38cm (width) x 25cm (depth).
For reference, the large cabin-bag allowance for Ryanair is 55cm (height) x 40cm (width) x 20cm (depth).
The new Airspace L Bin (above), by Airbus, will be fitted to 38 of Lufthansa’s A320s in January 2025
Airbus said: ‘L Bins are designed to be retrofitted in three to five days, which is Airbus’s fastest and most cost-effective A320 retrofit solution.
‘This results in less aircraft downtime for the airline. Secondly, L Bins allow space for three extra bags per bin, creating a better experience for customers and crew when boarding and deplaning.’
The carrier added: ‘The bins, made of ultra-lightweight and highly stable composite products, will be manufactured by EFW (Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH).
‘As with all Airbus retrofits, reusing the same components to minimise waste is a key consideration. The L Bin reuses many parts of the original bin, including the sidewall, ceiling and lighting.’
Airbus said: ‘L Bins [above] are designed to be retrofitted in three to five days, which is Airbus’s fastest and most cost-effective A320 retrofit solution’
American Airlines, meanwhile, was the launch customer for the Airbus Airspace XL overhead luggage bin, which can accommodate cases up to 60cm in height (24 inches) x 40cm in width (16 inches) x 25cm (10 inches) in depth.
American launched the Airspace XL on its Airbus A321 neo aircraft.
Airbus Head of Commercial Services Europe, Charbel Youzkatli, says: ‘We know from talking with airline customers that bigger bins are a clear need to enhance the passenger experience. As with the XL Bins, the L Bins provide more space with the added advantage of a plug-and-play retrofit.
‘We are thrilled to see Lufthansa as the first to offer the L Bins to its passengers and to reap the efficiency benefits it brings to aircraft turnarounds.’
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The end of carry-on baggage chaos? Game-changing supersized overhead luggage bins are increasingly commonplace – with Lufthansa fitting them in 2025