Arrive at airport. Avoid Baggage Check-in. Board. Relax.
THE DAY GATE8 WAS BORNBack in 2013, a frequent short haul business traveller, Alistair Callender, was standing queuing at London's Heathrow airport patiently waiting to check in for his flight to Scotland for a meeting.
Alistair knew the drill. Every week it was the same. Go to the airport and hope his bag would be accepted as Hand Luggage for that flight/airline - it was always a game of "hope", never quite knowing if his bag or bags would be allowed on board! Different Airlines = different carry-on policy.
It was the same routine that he had travelled every week for the past 2 years. Alistair had even calculated the time spent (wasted) queuing at baggage check-in or waiting for his bag, because it had been checked in for being too big, too heavy or he was only allowed 1 of the two bags on-board - we all agree that he needs to get out more!
83 hours wasted (let alone the money spent on baggage check-in).
That was 83 hours of his life he could never get back wasted. It was time for a change.
And boy has he shaken things up in the Cabin Approved stakes, with a range of Patent Protected bags retailed for Business/Leisure Travellers to ensure they can travel Cabin Approved and a second range designed specifically for Airlines Cabin Crew around the World...
Alistair has become so famous for his crew bags around the World, he is often now stopped in Airports by crew for selfies (we may be going a bit far now.....)
IRRITATION LED TO INSPIRATION LED TO AWARDSAlistair's eureka moment happened as he sat in the airport lounge waiting to board. Can you guess which GATE number he was sitting at - there are no prizes for this!!
On the back of an old dog-eared boarding card, he began to list all the things that irritated him about business travel. The list was long, full of pet hates and frustrations. Some he could change and some he couldn't.
He saw an opportunity to travel more efficiently by creating a new style of cabin bag. A bag designed in such a way that added value to his journey, a bag that:
That was the day the award-winning GATE8 Garment MATE cabin bag was born.
- He didn't need to take to the check-in desk
- Enabled him to avoid the queues
- Would keep his garments ready-to-wear
- That could transport both his clothes and his laptop efficiently
- A bag that was durable
- And most importantly, a single solution bag that combined tech & garments for those pesky Airlines that only allowed ONE bag
GATE8 HAVE BUILT A COMMUNITY OF BUSINESS TRAVELLERS THAT WE LISTEN TOFast-forward 5 years. GATE8 has since grown from selling a few bags at business shows to selling all over the world. To date, GATE8 has helped business travellers & Airlines all over the world to save time, money and reduce their stress level.
But we are not stopping there. We are not just a business luggage company. We are a community of business travellers, Cabin Crew & leisure travellers that help, advises and supports others.
Our aim is to make short haul carry-on travel as painless as possible and to provide Airlines with affordable high quality crew bags.
We regularly arrange meet-ups with our customers to listen, learn and understand what makes them tick. It's our job to give them what they need on the road to make their travel experience easier. Here's a video of our most recent meet-up:
We want you to get involved. We want to hear your stories, about your experiences and we want to share your advice with others.
We are all in this together. We are the road warriors, the train warriors and the air warriors.
Come on. Join our crew.