The Carry On Case of the Future

Tumi has partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and leading travel solutions provider Okoban to create a new carry on case designed to be the optimum size for today’s aircraft cabins.

This new carry-on size of 55 x 35 x 20 cm is a new size guideline being adopted by the airlines that will help provide customers a chance to store their carry-on bags on board aircraft of 120 seats or larger without the need to gate check, allowing business travellers a smoother and more efficient boarding experience. Tumi bags in this new size will carry a newly created logo which will signal to airline staff that the bag meets the IATA Cabin OK optimum size guidelines and will be allowed on board planes on a growing list of airlines participating in the IATA Cabin OK initiative.

The new case will include Tumi’s renowned engineered components such as an adjustable telescoping handle, smooth rolling wheels and Tumi’s signature black FXT ballistic nylon. This convenient compact wheeled case is designed to meet carry-on size requirements for both domestic and international travel as well as airlines joining this IATA initiative, despite promises from airline manufacture that overhead bins will be larger on future aircraft.

“Tumi’s heritage of design excellence is one that appeals to the world’s most sophisticated and demanding consumers who choose only the best internationally known brands to complement their unique travels and lifestyles, we are proud to be working with IATA and Okoban to offer solutions that improve our clients’ experiences,” says Tumi CEO and president Jerome Griffith.

By the time of production, each travel case will meet the dimensions of the IATA Cabin OK specifications and feature a logo to signify its compliance. Each case will also have its own unique identification code that will further allow airline staff to validate that the travel case complies with the optimum size guidelines.

“We are very pleased that Tumi is taking a leading role and that with their new IATA Cabin OK model their customers can benefit from the airline service promise,” says CEO Travel Sentry/Okoban John Vermilye.

Tumi is one of the primary lifestyle and travel brands that has chosen to develop the travel case to be in line with its optimum size guidelines. This new case will be available from late 2015 in Tumi collection stores and


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