Lufthansa launches RIMOWA Electronic Tag at FTE Global 2015


Lufthansa launches RIMOWA Electronic Tag at FTE Global 2015
FTE Editor Ryan Ghee; RIMOWA Las Vegas GM Manuel Ortiz; RIMOWA Electronic Tag CEO Jan Reh; Lufthansa Director Product Management & Airport Passenger Services Dr. Bjoern Becker; RIMOWA Executive Vice President Tom Nelson; and RIMOWA Project Coordinator and Pilot – Operations Sven Lepschy at FTE Global 2015.

RIMOWA and Lufthansa have jointly launched the RIMOWA Electronic Tag at Future Travel Experience Global 2015, which is taking place this week in Las Vegas. RIMOWA Electronic Tag is the first fully integrated mobility solution for luggage and features an embedded digital bag tag, which can be updated by passengers using their smartphone.

The pioneering solution has been attracting significant interest on the RIMOWA Electronic Tag stand in the FTE Global exhibition, which has attracted around 600 travel industry leaders representing airlines, airports, government agencies and various other travel industry stakeholders, who have come together to view the very latest solutions in the market and to share their passenger-focused plans and visions.

The RIMOWA Electronic Tag will be trialled by a number of Lufthansa’s passengers over the coming weeks, before the product is made available to buy in early 2016.

Speaking to FTE following the launch, Jan Reh, CEO of RIMOWA Electronic Tag, explained: “The most important thing for us was to work with Lufthansa to create a standard for electronic tagging. We wanted to make it as easy as possible to go from analogue to digital. What we have created is a one-to-one electronic tag – it’s the same size as the paper tag, it contains the same information as the paper tag, and it can also include the green stripe for flights within the EU. The e-ink digital display contains all the information that is contained on the paper tag.”

Dr. Bjoern Becker, Director Product Management & Airport Passenger Services, Lufthansa German Airlines, added: “For Lufthansa it was very important that the solution is fully integrated. The Lufthansa app generates the bag tag, which is sent to the digital tag during the check-in process – it is very easy and convenient to use for the passenger. It was important for us to design this product with RIMOWA as a high quality partner to ensure reliability and user friendliness.”

While Lufthansa is the launch partner for the RIMOWA Electronic Tag, Reh highlighted the fact that the product can benefit the wider industry. He said: “Lufthansa is a leading innovator and we are delighted to be working with them to create a standard for the industry. From the beginning this was not just a one-airline solution; it is designed for all airlines for the benefit of all travellers.”


Southwest, GTAA, Air Canada and Avinor help to drive baggage transformation during first FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group online meetings


As part of our efforts to help the industry redefine the baggage experience, Future Travel Experience recently hosted the first round of the FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group online meetings, delivered with the support of our Strategic Partners AirPortr and BagsID Network.

These interactive calls brought together hundreds of industry stakeholders who participated in highly engaging discussions around topics including advancing off-airport baggage collection, check-in and delivery; simplifying baggage infrastructure and processes at the airport; unlocking opportunities presented by modern baggage messaging; and creating new commercial models for new baggage approaches. The forward-thinking groups were led by expert Captains from companies including Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Air Canada, Avinor, Southwest Airlines and Pegasus Aviation Advisors. The recordings are now available to watch in full on the FTE website.

Work is now ongoing to formalise the next steps for each of the Working Groups, and the latest developments and recommendations will be presented to the industry during FTE Global+ 2021, taking place at the ARIA Resort in Las Vegas, 7-9 December. The Working Groups will then continue their work into 2022 and beyond.

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