AirPortr announced as first Strategic Partner of FTE Baggage Innovation Working Groups

Future Travel Experience (FTE) is excited to announce that AirPortr has signed up as a Strategic Partner of the new FTE Baggage Innovation Working Groups. We’ve launched these industry-wide Working Groups to help drive transformation in baggage and we’re delighted to have the support of AirPortr – a truly innovative player in the baggage space.

AirPortr’s digital platform connects airlines, airports, delivery partners and people, to orchestrate baggage free journeys, making air travel more efficient, seamless and sustainable. Baggage is collected, checked-in, digitally cleared through customs on arrival and delivered, at an unrivalled speed and cost, transforming the passenger experience, whilst unlocking operational efficiencies and increased intermodal travel. The company has been adopted by some of the world’s largest airlines and airports and is scaling its offering globally.

Randel Darby, CEO and Founder, AirPortr, commented: “We’re at a critical juncture in the evolution of travel, where digitisation, biometrics, and contactless journeys are coming together to shape the passenger experience of the future. We’re very excited to be partnering with FTE to help define the role that baggage plays in that transformation.”

The free-to-join Working Groups will build upon ideas forged by senior executives at the likes of Pittsburgh International Airport, Wizz Air, Bangalore International Airport Limited, AirAsia and Virgin Atlantic, and will focus on the following topics:

  • Advancing off-airport baggage collection, check-in and delivery
  • Simplifying baggage infrastructure and processes at the airport
  • Unlocking opportunities presented by modern baggage messaging
  • Creating new commercial models for new baggage approaches

The first round of Zoom calls for each of the Baggage Innovation Working Groups will take place during the week commencing 13 September 2021. The forward-thinking groups will be led by expert Captains including Darin Juby, Director Baggage Services, Greater Toronto Airports Authority; Jason Odey, Director, Global Baggage Excellence, Air Canada; Idar Sørgjerd, Manager, Baggage Handling Service, Technical Infrastructure & Innovations, Avinor; Kevin Kleist, Head of Emerging Trends, Southwest Airlines; and Andrew Price, Consultant, Pegasus Aviation Advisors and previous Head of Global Baggage Operations, IATA.

Following subsequent calls, the main developments, recommendations and next steps will be presented to the industry during FTE Global+ 2021, taking place at the ARIA Resort in Las Vegas, 7-9 December, and the Working Groups will continue their work into 2022 and beyond.

Learn more and register for the first Working Group calls >>

Southwest, GTAA, Air Canada and Avinor help to drive baggage transformation as part of FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group

As part of our efforts to help the industry redefine the baggage experience, Future Travel Experience recently launched the FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group (BIWG), delivered with the support of our Strategic Partners AirPortr, BagsID Network and Brock Solutions.

The first round of online meetings, which took place in September, 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 and Southwest Airlines, with the support of FTE’s Head of Baggage Transformation, Andrew Price. The full recordings are available to watch here.

The next BIWG online meeting will take place on 3 November and this will be followed by the first in-person meeting, which will be hosted in Las Vegas on 7 December, co-located with FTE Global 2021. The Working Group will then continue its work into 2022 and beyond.

Visit the FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group page >>   



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