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Larger Overhead Bins Coming to United’s Embraer E175 Aircraft

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One of today’s biggest challenges when flying is finding space to stow your carry-on — especially on regional jets like United’s Embraer E175s.

United has taken note and has announced it will be installing more spacious overhead bins on 50 of its Skywest-operated 76-seater E175 jets by the end of 2024.

“This is just the latest way we’re working to create an industry-leading experience for all our customers – whether they’re on an international or regional flight, said Linda Jojo, chief customer officer at United.

Let’s take a look at the details.

United’s E175s Getting Larger Overhead Bins

Embraer E175 jets are a key aircraft type in United’s fleet. These 2-2-configured jets connect the airline’s major hub airports, like Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), and San Francisco (SFO), with smaller regional airports like Bakersfield, CA (BFL), El Paso, TX (ELP), and Great Falls, MT (GTF), to name a few.

As such, it’s essential for the airline that these jets feature larger overhead bin spaces similar to those found on larger aircraft and new deliveries, such as the Airbus A321neo.

United Airlines Embraer E175 at San Francisco SFO
A United Airlines Embraer E175 headed to the runway at San Francisco (SFO). Image Credit: Daniel Ross

United confirms that thanks to an 80% increase in space, the Embraer E175’s new overhead bins will be large enough to fit an additional 29 carry-on bags. The addition of overhead bin space will mean that fewer bags will have to be gate-checked, making for a speedier and less frustrating boarding experience for all.

“Customer sentiment for the new overhead bins and signature interiors has been extremely positive. By helping to eliminate the need to gate check bags, we are seeing an increase in gate and boarding satisfaction,” said Jojo.

While United’s Embraer E175s are operated by 3 different companies (Mesa Airways, Republic Airways, and SkyWest Airlines), it will only be the SkyWest Airlines-operated E175s that will feature the larger overhead bins. These jets operate primarily on routes to and from United’s Denver (DEN), Los Angeles (LAX), and San Francisco hubs.

United said it may even roll out the larger bins on more than 150 E175s by the end of 2026.

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Final Thoughts

By the end of 2024, passengers flying United’s regional Embraer E175s (operated by SkyWest) should notice a markedly improved boarding experience thanks to larger overhead bins and more space for carry-on items.

We look forward to seeing these updated cabins on upcoming United flights.

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Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.

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