July 25, 2024

United innovates on carry-on bags

United Airlines will install new, larger overhead bins on its Skywest operated Embraer E175 fleet to provide more room for roll aboard carry-on bags.

These new bins will be available on 50 aircraft with a 76-seat configuration by the end of this year. 

The new bins will also accommodate up to an extra 29 carry-on bags on the regional jets, which is an 80% increase in space.

The airline may expand the offering to more than 150 aircraft by the end of 2026.

United estimates this move will nearly eliminate the need for one million annual passengers to gate-check bags on more than 150,000 E175 flights.  

Linda Jojo, Chief Customer Offer at United, said: “Passenger sentiment for the new overhead bins and signature interiors has been extremely positive. By helping to eliminate the need to gate check bags, we are seeing an increase in gate and boarding satisfaction.”