American Airlines to launch XL carry-on bags

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American Airlines to launch XL carry-on bags

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14 December 2017

By | 14 December 2017

Airbus retrofit upgrade will generate 40 per cent more storage space in the cabin and allow the American Airlines passengers to board faster

Passengers will finally have the chance to pack everything they need for a trip in their cabin bags.

A huge upgrade of American Airlines Airbus A321 fleet will allow passengers to carry bigger and heavier carry-on bags — Airbus Group Created with Sketch. A huge upgrade of American Airlines Airbus A321 fleet will allow passengers to carry bigger and heavier carry-on bags — Airbus

American Airlines will undergo the “biggest retrofit upgrade in the history” of Airbus as 202 of their A321s fleet will be rebuilt to have a more spacious cabin with 40 per cent more storage for carry-on bags.

The carrier will then enable their passengers to put XL cabin bags to the Airspace XL bins that will allow storage of up to eight bags with the dimensions to 61cm x 40.6cm x 25.4cm in size.

This will also help the passengers to board the plane faster without unnecessary stress.

“Thanks to this Airbus cabin retrofit, passengers on American Airlines’ A321s will be able to board faster and will enjoy an overall improved travel experience,” said Laurent Martinez, head of services at Airbus.

“This is exactly the type of added-value that our services can bring to airlines. This contract is a major step for Airbus into the US services market, and we are grateful to American Airlines for their trust in our expertise.”

However, the upgrade has a major downside. The change doesn’t apply to all passengers boarding the upgraded A321s as  AA’s “basic economy” flyers won’t have access to the overhead lockers and will still be limited to one small carry-on with the size up to 45cm x 35cm x 20 cm placed under their seats.

“The upgrades are part of a project which will standardise American Airlines’ A321s with a common seat count and interior, providing passengers with a consistent travel experience,” the manufacturer said.