What we’re reading: AA doubles overhead bin space, ANA and 787 delay, Boeing keeps eye on service


Carry-On joy: American Airlines doubles overhead bin space in some Boeing 737 jets

Some travelers may feel that airlines aren’t paying attention. While that may be true, some are. Take for instance, American Airlines. They’re literally stripping some of their 737s and redoing the interior.

The carrier is literally stripping the interiors of its older Boeing 737s — 76 aircraft in all. They are ripping out old ceiling TV monitors, stripping seats, wires and bathrooms.

“We want to make sure all of the bells and whistles are provided,” said Brian Trujillo, American’s 737 project manager.

It’s about time.

ANA calls 787 delay ‘regrettable’; Boeing ‘awaits a substitute’ Trent 1000

While 787 launch customer ANA calls the delay ‘regrettable’, it understands the reason for the delay.

ANA said in an e-mailed statement, “Given the success of the flight test program so far, it is regrettable to hear of the delay. However, we trust that the time will be used to deliver the best possible aircraft in the shortest possible time-frame.”

Boeing keeps eye on service

Boeing is telling its customers that service doesn’t end once an aircraft leaves its factory and is handed over to the customer.

“When the airplane leaves Boeing Field (with a customer), it’s like a baton is passed on to services side from production,” said Lou Mancini, Boeing’s senior vice president of commercial services, during a media presentation last week.

Services make up about 15 percent of commercial airplanes’ revenue, Mancini said. And that has been growing over the last decade. Ultimately, Boeing aims to provide services from the moment an airline considers which aircraft to buy through the jet’s life, he said.

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