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User currently offlineAT From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 3 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1541 times:


I've noticed on a lot of aircraft that in the First Class Cabin, there are no overhead bins in the center section.

Why is this? Don't first class passengers have larger baggage allowances and need more space? Or does the fact that there are much fewer seats in a first class layout eliminate the need for these extra bins.

Irrespective, the lack of them in the center definitely make the cabin look more spacious, especially on the widebodied Airbuses.



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User currently offlineStratifier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1498 times:

I think the fact that there are fewer seats does cover the lack of center bin. And as to why there's no center bin... In the case of a 747, I'd guess that the cabin feels more spacious without it. On an A340, the number of seats in the center block may be low enough, that these pax can just share the bins on either side.

If the seats have footrests, the life jackets are probably beneath the center armrest, instead of beneath the individual seats. In that case, there may be more underseat space. Just a guess  


User currently offlineAspen1 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1455 times:

Usually in first and business class the seats have very little underseat storage space.

User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1431 times:

They also have the small closets for the First/Business pax near the front of the cabin so some stuff can go in there.


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User currently offlineAa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1412 times:

Usually in first and business class the seats have very little underseat storage space.


I have to disagree about the comment that there is very little underseat storage in biz class. I fly 3 or 4 long hual flights a year (mostly AA, BA) in biz, and they always have underseat storage. I can always fit my backpack with CDs, magazines and books easily under the seat. I can fit just as much as when I fly in coach.


User currently offlineAirCanadaMan From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1405 times:

I fly executive first class on AirCanada, and usually in seat 1A. There are closets/cabinets for coats and large pieces of luggage, then the under seat storage for my backpack, or whatever light carry-on I have, I never use the overhead bins, whether it be an A320 from Calgary to Vancouver or an A340 from Toronto to Tokyo.

User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1984 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

At DL, we installed center overhead bins on the MD-11's when we removed International First Class and installed BusinessElite. It was really quite simple, as the whole assembly is held in place by quick release pins.


This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlineTristar86 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1360 times:

look at the L1011! there are no center overhead baggage bins in the center section IN THE MAIN CABIN!

User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1984 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1335 times:

All of Delta's L-1011-500's and L-1011-1/-250 ships 728-741 have center overhead bins.


This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1316 times:

Yep, Delta L-1011-500's do:


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When the DC-10's were first produced, they did not have the overhead bins in the center, but the airlines eventually installed them.

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