Best Business Class Amenity Kits in the Skies
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After recently sharing some of the finest first class amenity kits out there, TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel now takes a look at business class amenity kits, where the best are often defined by their bags/cases and the skincare products they contain. These airlines have done a fine job of making their business class amenity kits worth writing home about—using the pen you’ll find in your kit, naturally.
Air France. These business class amenity kits—referred to as “Comfort Kits” in the airline’s lingo—were introduced in February 2015. The zip-top bags each feature a bold retro pattern outside—in four available colors—with Clarins skincare products inside. Some of the kits are lined with historic images from the airline’s past, too.
Air New Zealand. The airline that introduced the term “cuddle class” to the traveling vernacular in 2011, offers the same amenity kits in both business premier class and premium economy class. The bag itself is made of felt, and while you may never use it again, you’ll surely appreciate its low-profile design when you’re repacking it in your carry-on. The kits include Clarins products, including lip balm and moisturizing cream, and a cheeky eyeshade emblazoned with one of a few phrases, such as, “Are we there yet?” and, “Beware, I sleepwalk.”
Alitalia. Of course the Italian flagship carrier would feature a fashionable business class amenity kit. The Magnifica Class bags are designed by Salvatore Ferragamo—a dark red bag for men with a white zipper, and a dark red and white clutch for women with a white wrist strap. Both versions contain Ferragamo’s Tuscan Soul skincare products, including face cream, lip balm, body lotion, and Bianco di Carrara fragrance. Men also get Tuscan Soul shaving gel.
American Airlines. Just introduced, American’s new and limited collection of “heritage” business class amenity kits are sure to delight AV geeks. Each kit’s gray felted case is lined with the livery colors and logos of one of the nine airlines that formed American Airlines, including TWA, Piedmont, Allegheny, America West, and RenoAir. Skincare items included are by Asian spa company Akhassa or New York-based botanical toiletries company Red Flower.
Cathay Pacific. These amenity kits are new as of January 2015, replacing the old agnès b bags with wrap bags by Seventy Eight Percent. The unisex bags contain products by Jurlique, including Balancing Day Care Cream, Natural Lip Care Balm, and Citrus Hand Cream.
Delta Air Lines. These basic navy blue BusinessElite amenity kits aren’t flashy, but they are extremely durable. Crafted by luggage-maker Tumi using their exclusive ballistic nylon fabric, the kit bags contain a Tumi-branded eye mask and skincare products by New York’s Malin+Goetz, including Neroli Hand & Body Lotion and Lip Moisturizer.
Etihad Airways. Designed by U.A.E.-based company Sougha (a word meaning “traveler’s gift” in Emirati dialect), which supports local artisans in order to preserve their cultural heritage, these striking bags feature historic Sadou bedouin weaving patterns and contain all-natural skincare products by Athens-based Korres.
Emirates. The Dubai-based carrier features different business class amenity kits for men and women. The men’s kit is made of canvas and contains products by Thé Rouge, including after-shave emulsion, body lotion, and eau parfumée. Men also get a razor from Taylor’s of Old Bond Street. The women’s kit (pictured above) is made of a light beige fabric and contains Bvlgari nourishing face emulsion and nourishing hand cream, as well as Thé Rouge eau parfumée.
EVA Air. The Taipei-based airline has managed to make theirRoyal Laurel Class amenity kits not only useful during flight, but also collectible. Hard-sided cases designed by German luggage maker Rimowa come in one of two colors—crystal green and prosecco. The kits contain products by top Thailand spa Harnn, including moisturizer and lip balm, as well as a microfiber cloth for screen-cleaning. If you, like many, are set on having both colors of Rimowa cases, you should know that you’ll get one color on your inbound flight and the other on your return.
Finnair. Finnair and Finnish design company Marimekko have established a relationship in recent years, including a Marimekko for Finnair collection of tableware and fabrics and a Marimekko-designed Airbus 340. Now the partnership extends to Finnair business class amenity kits, each packaged in a zip-top bag in one of three cheerful Marimekko prints, and all containing Clarins moisturizer and lip balm.
Garuda Indonesia. Winner of the 2013 TravelPlus award for best unisex business class kit in Asia-Oceania, these bags and skincare products are made by L’Occitane and feature a moisturizer, lip balm, and eau de toilette. The zip-top bags themselves are an olive-colored canvas with a leather-like base for added durability.
Icelandair. On its North American routes, Icelandair distributes amenity kits to Saga Class passengers that contain skincare products by Iceland‘s own Blue Lagoon company. The products include Algae & Silica Hand Cream and Rich Nourishing Lip Balm, and the bags are a sort of wooly-textured felt in either light or dark gray.
JetBlue. JetBlue’s “Mint” service, launched in 2014, comes with amenity kits provided by Birchbox, the popular cosmetics subscription service. As the name suggests, these are boxes—made of cardboard, easily recyclable, with a small cloth pouch inside—but you won’t be using these as tablet sleeves later on. There are separate kits for men and women, and the contents change periodically—just like actual Birchbox subscriptions. The products aren’t miniscule in size, so you’ll get plenty of use out of them long after the flight is over. You might find products by Ernest Supplies, Benefit Cosmetics, Jack Black, or Lab Series inside your Birchbox, among many other possible options.
KLM. The Dutch carrier’s World Business Class amenity kits are designed by Amsterdam’s own Viktor & Rolf. The bags are black, with a foldover zip-top design and a strap on the side for easy carrying. The contents of the bags aren’t particularly notable, but at the end of the flight, you do get one of KLM’s collectible Delft Blue Houses filled with Dutch gin.
Lufthansa. Lufthansa’s business class amenity kits accompanied a whole host of business class upgrades in 2014. The bags are now made by Samsonite and are stocked with skincare products by Greek family-owned apothecary Korres, including Pomegranate Moisturizing Cream and Shea Butter Lip Balm.
Qantas. International business travelers on Qantas receive bags made by Kate Spade (for women) and Jack Spade (for men). The men’s bags are mostly a dark navy with a bright red band at the bottom, while the Kate Spade bags are a bright geometric print. Both contain skincare products by Australian spa company ASPAR by Aurora Spa, including Sweet Orange & Shea Had Cream, Vanilla & Orange Lip Moisturizer, and Ultra Hydrating Face Moisturizer. Pajamas designed by Peter Morrissey are available on select flights.
Qatar Airways. Qatar Airways hands out black silk Armani amenity kits to its business class passengers, with Giorgio Armani skincare products and fragrance inside. There are tubes of Giorgio Armani “Si” fragrance lotion and small bottles of Giorgio Armani “Si” eau de toilette (for women) or Giorgio Armani “Acqua di Gio” cologne (for men), as well as a lip balm by Rituals. Comfy sleep suits are also provided, in their own separate pouch.
Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines features business class amenity kits designed by FORMIA and stocked with skincare products by Crabtree & Evelyn. The case can be reused later to hold a tablet. The most interesting amenity kit Turkish Airlines has, however, is specifically for travelers on their Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage. These kits include a prayer mat and prayer counter.
Virgin Atlantic. In Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class cabin, there are two amenity kits. The one for outbound flights is designed to be used later as a case for a tablet, and the one on inbound flights turns into a travel wallet. Both are made from rPET, which is a fabric made from recycling plastic bottles, and are dark gray on the outside and lined with a burgundy color. Passengers on overnight flights also get a comfy cotton sleep suit. The fancy skincare products aren’t in the amenity kits, however—they’re in the Upper Class lav.