What we’re reading: Overhead bins get larger, Iberia pilots to strike 24 more days, Air Canada announces new 787 departure points

by Stephanus Surjaputra on March 7, 2012

Overhead bins get bigger to fit more carry-on bags

Airlines are installing bigger overhead bins now that more passengers are bringing more carry-on luggage to bypass the checked baggage fee.

United and Delta are the latest airlines to replace or upgrade bins so they hold more luggage. And engineers at Boeing are designing jet interiors with today’s bulkier luggage in mind.

It’s a chance to placate passengers who feel like they’re thrown into a roller derby every time they board a plane.

Iberia pilots plan 24 more days of strikes

Iberia is facing 24 more days of pilot strikes who are protesting the launch of Iberia Express.

“The pilots have decided to increase the number of strike days due to the company’s refusal to negotiate,” SEPLA said in a statement.

IB Express, which is scheduled to launch March 25 with four Airbus A320s, is part of IB’s efforts to bring the company back to profitability (ATW Daily News, Oct. 7, 2011).

Air Canada’s Dreamliners to fly from seven Canadian cities

Air Canada has picked seven Canadian cities as the launching point of its 787s.

The first plane in the carrier’s order for 37 Dreamliners will arrive in the first quarter of 2014, followed by six more of the aircraft that year, said Ben Smith, Air Canada’s chief commercial officer.

Service will be launched from the largest domestic hubs of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal in 2014, Mr. Smith said in an interview Sunday aboard the Dreamliner.

(Photo: Boeing 787 interior/Boeing Company)

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