Nordic Aviation Capital has been named the launch customer for De Havilland’s Classic Overhead Bin Extension Solution for the Dash 8-400 aircraft, expected to be seen later in 2020.

This solution will feature larger baggage volume to accommodate standard roll-aboard bags. The implementation of the bin extension is expected to reduce the need for gate check service, making the airport experience more efficient and enjoyable for the customer.

Developed in response to the growing customer demand for more baggage space and the expansion in carry-on luggage sizes, the solution is expected to increase passenger satisfaction. De Havilland told LARA, “the key difference is a 100% increase on capacity for standard bag sizes due to the alteration.”

“The Classic Overhead Bin Extension will allow those boarding and departing the aircraft to store and access their belongings with ease, improving overall gate-time efficiency for passengers and airlines,” said Tom Curley, Chief Operating Officer. 

This agreement named De Havilland Canada as the exclusive supplier of all future Dash 8-400 aircraft classic bin extension modifications for Nordic’s fleet. The modified bins will feature more baggage volume, a larger foot opening and a new door with NextGen latches. Each bin will now accommodate two standard 22” bags per bin section. 

The alterations will be reworking the old components of the current structure. De Havilland stated to LARA that completely replacing the overhead bins on the Dash 8-400 would mean that “very little of the existing structure can be reused so it would be disposed of”. Therefore, in a bid to be more environmentally conscious, the new solution will be using the previous parts.

“We are excited to have an environmentally friendly solution that manages the need for increased capacity in overhead bins,” commented Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer of De Havilland Canada.