FLIGHT 001 lands at SM Lanang

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Sunday, October 7, 2012


"LADIES and gentlemen, the captain has just turned off the fasten seat belt sign...Flight 001 (pronounced flight one), the world's premiere travel store, is excited to announce its touchdown in the Philippines!"

With the travel products retail market being highly fragmented consisting of primarily luggage stores, department stores, mass marts, outdoor adventure stores and online travel specialty sites, these establishments only partially address a segment of the traveling consumer -- offering limited product selection catered mostly to the adventure traveler.
"None of these stores address the style-conscious, urban traveler; nor do they have a full product selection that addresses all the style-conscious consumer’s travel needs under one roof," explained Flight 001 founder John Sencion.

Flight 001 saw its beginnings in 1998 when John Sencion and Brad John found themselves on a flight from New York to Paris.

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"We started talking about our preparation and routines before a long flight," shared Sencion. "Brad liked to visit a pharmacy to get all his personal care products, while I liked going to a bookstore to get a map or a phrase book or going to a luggage store to buy a stowaway bag. Then we asked ourselves, wouldn't it be great if all this were under one roof? Nine months later we opened our first store in the West Village in New York city."

For over 10 years now Flight 001 has been scouring the globe for products as functional and unique as the travelers that frequent the stores.
When not curating the best travel products in the world, Flight 001 has and continues to develop travel products for the world such as the following:

Flight 001 Spacepak System maximizes case space while achieving maximum compression so travelers can always carry on and avoid the baggage claim. Using this system allows garments to undergo double compression and organization with 1 side for clean laundry and 1 side for dirty laundry. This product was voted as Travel + Leisure Magazine's Product of the Year.

Stay organized no matter where you're going with Flight 001's Go Clean pack bags collection! Keep your dirty laundry, shoes, wet swimsuits, delicate undergarments, and clean clothes separated, organized, and fresh with these versatile mix-and-match bags.

Under the in-flight series, Flight 001 has the exclusive Digi Pak that comes with padded, lightweight mesh case for storing tech accessories as well as the Seat Pak, a lightweight durable multi-zip pouch for stashing your in-flight essentials.

This innovative travel brand has brick and mortar presence in the Philippines: at SM Lanang, which opened on September 28, and Bonifacio High Street, will open on October 12. The brand's stores are designed to recreate the look and feel of the fuselage of a 747 jet with a retro modern feel, evoking the glamorous jet-set era of the 1950's and 1960's.

Flight 001 products are currently available at the following stores in Philippines: The Travel Club at Edsa Shangri-la, Eastwood, SM Mall of Asia, Newport, SM Megamall, Trinoma, Ayala Alabang, Greenbelt 3, Glorietta, Chinatown, Southmall, Ayala Cebu, Shangri-la Mactan, and Abreeza Davao; R.O.X. at the Bonifacio High Street and Cebu; Robinsons Ermita and Palawan; Rustans Makati and Shangri-la; and at the Sportsmart Naia Terminal.

Flight 001, the world's only travel lifestyle brand, is an all-inclusive retail experience that addresses every travel need with style and comfort.

The name was inspired by PAN AM Flight 1, the world's first round-the-world flight, which made stops in Honolulu, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Calcutta, Delhi, Beirut, Istanbul, Frankfurt, London, and finally New York. Flight 001 operates 12 stores globally in United States, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia as well as two e-commerce sites flight001.com and flight001.com.au. For more information, please visit www.flight001.com

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 08, 2012.

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