FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group calls for ideas to redefine the future of baggage handling


Two FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group initiatives will take place at FTE Dublin on 7-9 June, including a POCs Briefing Session and Elevator Pitch Session.

The FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group (BIWG) is now firmly established as the industry-leading forum which aims to define the future of baggage. It brings together the most innovative and progressive baggage supply chain companies, airlines and airports from across the industry to provide a unique community for cooperation and industry advancement. It is the platform for developing new techniques, technologies, and business models to deliver tangible change in the baggage sector. Our members regularly come together to learn from one another and collaborate on game-changing proof of concepts (POCs) to reduce costs, improve passenger experience, and test innovations.

The FTE BIWG is driven forward by some of the sector’s most respected and progressive figures including:

  • Darin Juby, Director Baggage Services, Greater Toronto Airports Authority
  • Samuel Ingalls, Principal, Barich, Inc.
  • Jason Odey, Director, Global Baggage Excellence, Air Canada
  • Idar Sørgjerd, Manager, Baggage Handling Service, Technical Infrastructure & Innovations, Avinor
  • Kevin Kleist, Emerging Trends Advisor, Southwest Airlines

We now want to share the output from the group with the wider air transport community at FTE events, and use our shows to also seek new inspiration from participants on where we should direct our energy in the future in terms of our POCs, and focus areas. We are doing this at FTE EMEA in Dublin on June 7-9 in the following ways:

1. The BTE BIWG POCs Briefing Session

The FTE BIWG will have its own dedicated booth at the show and between 13.30 and 15.30 on 8 June the FTE BIWG captains and the vendors involved in our latest POC efforts will be available to meet participants who want to learn more about the results from the recent trial of reclaim optimisation at Toronto Pearson Airport. Southwest and Air Canada will also share details of the trial they are driving on leveraging computer vision technology to move baggage between the US and Canada.

2. The FTE BIWG Elevator Pitch Session

To inspire the group’s next steps we now invite attendees to our Dublin show to come forward with suggestions on how the future of baggage handling could be reimagined over the next 10 years. Submit your suggestions by next Friday, 20 May and a selection of entrants will be invited to participate in a pitch session on stage at FTE Dublin on 8 June in front of our BIWG captains, and other interested attendees. Crowdsourcing ideas were fundamental to the creation of the BIWG, and we hope it will be pivotal again to shaping out future direction.

Submit your ideas for the FTE BIWG Elevator Pitch Session by Friday, 20 May


Join the baggage innovation hub for the air transport industry – low-cost, effective and productive technology realisation

Last year the FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group went from an idea to a membership of nearly 400, delivered a proof of concept, built an airport lab network and ran a face-to-face meeting alongside FTE Global in Las Vegas. Following the successful launch of the initiative, FTE is introducing the expanded BIWG for 2022. The working group brings together the most innovative and progressive baggage supply chain companies, airlines and airports from across the industry to provide a unique platform for the development of new techniques, technologies and business models to deliver tangible change in the baggage sector. It is the industry’s best networking platform for those serious about baggage.

The Baggage Innovation Working Group meets every six weeks, and is led by our industry captains including Andrew Price, Head of Baggage Transformation, FTE; Jason Odey Director, Global Baggage Excellence, Air Canada; Kevin Kleist, Emerging Trends Advisor, Southwest Airlines; Darin Juby, Director Baggage Services, Greater Toronto Airports Authority; and Idar Sørgjerd Manager, Baggage Handling Service, Technical Infrastructure & Innovations Avinor, who set the high-level agenda for each BIWG meeting. The next BIWG call will take place on 16 February, 15:00 CET and will look into the trends for the year ahead and conclusions from our latest POC around reclaim optimisation. The POC aims to develop a tool that can be used to automatically allocate baggage reclaim belts based on the arrival patterns of aircraft and their baggage loads.

Members who have already signed up for 2022 also include SITA, Collins Aerospace, Amadeus, Brock Solutions, and Owens Group. Interested in joining? Find out more and contact us for more information on our low-cost membership options.

Visit the FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group page >>   

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