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Overhead Bin Holding Rails On Narrowbodies

Sat Oct 21, 2006 3:14 am

Why don't all airlines have overhead bin holding rails on their narrowbodies? On newer aircraft, IMO it woudn't make sense not to include them. When Delta installed the bin extensions on their MD-88s and 757s, holding rails were added on. Delta's 737-800s came with them factory-installed. However, I have noticed that not all 737NGs have them:


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To the left is the Continental 737-700 without the holding rail, to the right is the Delta 737-800 with the holding rail. Why isn't this option standard on all 737NGs? I don't see a point why not to include them.
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RE: Overhead Bin Holding Rails On Narrowbodies

Sat Oct 21, 2006 3:16 am

My understanding is that most Boeing planes don't have them; in fact, the bin design on 777s can't accomodate them.

Airbus planes have them incorporated as standard, and my guess is that airlines pushed Boeing to include them because of their safety value.
 
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RE: Overhead Bin Holding Rails On Narrowbodies

Sat Oct 21, 2006 3:19 am

Quoting Tigerotor77W (Reply 1):
in fact, the bin design on 777s can't accomodate them.

They are less needed on widebody aircraft IMO. In fact, I don't think I have ever seen any Boeing widebody with them. On a widebody, I would prefer the 777-style bins as they make the cabin appear more spacious and have a greater capacity. In fact, the A350 will include pivot bins as standard, and the A380 will have them as an option.
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RE: Overhead Bin Holding Rails On Narrowbodies

Sat Oct 21, 2006 3:25 am

Well the 738 definately looks better with them then without them...that's a good enough reason to include them as standard if you ask me. Appearence are important. The passenger may not notice the details but those small details add up to a 'quality experience'. Same way a BMW or an audi have little 'touches' that make the difference.

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