AT From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 863 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 847 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.
Stratifier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 804 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
Aa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 718 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.
AirCanadaMan From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 465 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 711 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.
DL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1761 posts, RR: 10 Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 697 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.
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