So, you are a flight attendant or pilot and you are trying to choose between Travelpro’s FlightCrew3 line and the Crew8 line. The choice is yours, but there are a few things you should know.
First, FlightCrew3 rolling bags have a more robust J-hook attachment system. Yes, it is still plastic, but the attachments on the Crew8 and other lines are not as good for carrying the weight of your tote bag or flight case.
Second, FlightCrew3 rolling bags have an expandable pocket on the back of the bag. This pocket is great for manuals and other required items and the other luggage lines do not have this feature.
Third, FlightCrew3 rolling bags are now coming with very high quality skate wheels with sealed ABEC-5 bearings. These wheels will last much longer than wheels on previous models. The Crew8 wheels also come with sealed bearings, but the wheel itself, while adequate for the normal traveler, is not quite as good as the FlightCrew3 wheel.
In general, the styling of the FC3 is based off the Crew7 with the addition of the back pocket, more robust j-hook attachment, and improved wheels.
Crew8 is all new styling and you may like the Crew8 bags for their looks and features, as well as being able to take advantage of airline pricing, which is typically 20-30% off the lowest advertised price. This is good if you are looking to purchase luggage for yourself or friends and family.