Boeing Adding More Carry-On Luggage Storage Room

September 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Rollaboard owners rejoice! Boeing is trying to solve the ongoing carry-on luggage problem by adding bigger overhead bins.

According to a new Travel Pulse article, the new bins, called “space bins,” will carry more luggage than the previous bins. This will hopefully ease the stress and strain put on travelers and flight attendants as more people try to sneak larger bags onto flights.

Boeing Space BinsThe new bins will also be easier to load and see into, which is helpful since more than one traveler has been hit on the head by people removing heavy bags they didn’t quite realize they couldn’t carry.

One drawback is that it will decrease head space a bit.

It will be interesting to see how Virgin Airlines reacts to the news, given they recently said the interior plane space is actually the most valuable space. They were discussing charging for carry-on bags, and allowing free checked bags. Will this move be a revenue generator for them?

From Boeing’s perspective, they’re likely responding to requests from the airlines, who are hearing from customers. Right now, the airlines want to continue to charge for checked bags and allow carry-ons. Those passengers looking to save some money will be better able to maneuver their carry-ons and fit them into the new large bins.

Meanwhile, we’ve also been hearing some airlines are considering reducing the allowed carry-on sizes to accommodate more passengers using their carry-ons. However, Delta has said they plan to allow carry-on sizes to remain the same as they have been in the past.

We like the idea of the bigger bins. If you could turn your carry-on bag sideways (which is what Boeing is suggesting), you can fit six bags into the space instead of four. The loss of headroom does not seem like a great loss, especially since we’ll all be sitting. We’ll see if that continues to be the case or if headroom will be subject to shrinkage like everything else on the plane.

What are some of your ideas for getting more (or fewer) carry-on bags into the plane? Leave your ideas in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.

Photo credit: Boeing Media Room

Boeing Patents New “Cuddle Chairs”

September 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The name sounds weird, but “cuddle chairs” may change the way we travel and sleep on planes.

Boeing has recently patented a new travel chair that will allow passengers to sleep more comfortably by leaning forward into a backpack-like extension.

Boeing is calling them “cuddle chairs.” You sleep upright with your face resting against the cuddle chair, which attaches to your seat. It has a place for your face, so you can easily breathe. It’s like the hole on a massage table when you lie face down.

It’s nice to see Boeing think about customer comfort, but we’re not sure that cuddle chairs are going to cut it. Titling forward is not that great ergonomically sound although it may be better than other popular sleep options, such as slumping over sideways in your seat and leaning on whoever happens to be seated next to you.

Tilting forward could put a strain on your lower back, so we’re wondering if they have done research on the positioning. I was talking with Scott Applebee about this recently. He has a background in office furniture and he says that good office chairs should have a slight backward tilt to it, which you obviously won’t get from the forward lean of the cuddle chair.

The backward tilt opens up your body cavity a bit so you’re not putting stress on your lower lumbar. You don’t really even want to sit up straight, let alone forward. There are ways to lean forward but still keep your back in a good position but it doesn’t look like the cuddle chair will let you do that.

Another thing that concerns us is the feeling of being trapped by a device you strap around your head. Will the cuddle chairs really be all that cuddly? We’ll have to actually experience the cuddle chair before we decide if it will really work.

What about you? Will you try the cuddle chair if it’s ever available? Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.

Video credit: The Patent Yogi (YouTube, used with permission)

New Boeing 787: New Era for Aviation or Missed Opportunity?

October 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The new 787 Dreamliner is Boeing’s biggest aircraft launch since the 747 and is being touted as the most innovative aircraft to be launched in decades. Excitement surrounding this new aircraft is so high, one hardcore fan paid a whopping $33,000 to sit in on its inaugural flight. It has some big shoes to fill, and a big name to live up to. But what’s so special about the 787 Dreamliner?

On the technical side of things, the 787 Dreamliner is quite advanced and is built for not only speed and distance, but also comfort and efficiency. For example, it claims to be 60% quieter than other planes of its size and capacity. The plane’s fuselage is made of lightweight materials, resulting in less fuel usage, and less carbon dioxide emissions. Also, the 787 can reach speeds of up to Mach .85 (roughly 647 mph), has a range of 15,200 kilometers, making it the only mid-sized airplane that can fly long-distance. The Dreamliner even features a system that detects turbulence and changes wing control surfaces to counteract its effects.

First Flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

First Flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the passenger, the 787 Dreamliner promises a more pleasant, relaxing flight. For example, the plane’s cabin will also be pressurized at an altitude of 6,000 feet as opposed to the standard 8,000 feet. This enables passengers to absorb more oxygen during their trip, cutting down on in-flight sickness or that post-flight “hangover” feeling. Space-wise, the aircraft features 7ft 5in. ceilings and 30 percent larger overhead bins. In regards to seat space, however, it will vary – each airline will configure the seat layout as they see fit.

Window seat lovers will enjoy the 787 Dreamliner’s windows, which are 30% larger than average and can be tinted and dimmed according to preference – they can even simulate sunrise and sunset! The aircraft also features nine inch plug-and-play seatback entertainment systems, which is a welcome addition for those on long-haul flights.

While the 787 Dreamliner sounds impressive, do passengers feel that it lives up to the hype? In a recent article, founder Daniel Coleman states that he found the 787 to be a promising evolution, yet a missed opportunity to redefine passenger experience.

Have you had the opportunity to fly in a 787 Dreamliner yet? If so, share your experience in the comments section!