Today (August 31, 2015): Top 10 best Business Class amenity kits in the skies.
Flying Business Class is purely aspirational for most, a lifetime experience for some, and a must for a select few. I previously published our top 10 list of the world’s best longhaul Business Class cabins. Besides gourmet food, a flatbed, more attentive service and access to the airline’s lounge, Business Class passengers will also receive an upgraded amenity kit as compared to travelers in Economy (‘cattle’) Class. I hereby present you my top 10 selection of the best Business Class amenity kits in the skies. Some of them are real collector items, and you will want to take them home after your flight!
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American Airlines introduced new, limited-edition heritage amenity kits. Inspired by the nine airlines that came together to build American Airlines (including RenoAir, TWA, Piedmont, Allegheny, and America West), these collectible kits are designed in the colors of each airline’s livery. The stylish bag contains essentials like an eye mask, earplugs, wash cloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, skin lotion, a pen, and socks.
- Official website: American Airlines
- Review: read here my review of American Airlines’ Business Class in a Boeing 777-300ER.
The Business Class amenity kit aboard France’s national carrier revisits the neo-vintage style and features Air France brand’s iconic accent. With Clarins moisturiser, lip balm and an eye mask, each kit contains numerous beauty products allowing passengers to quickly freshen up and remain comfortable throughout their trip. Distributed on board by the crew, these kits are available in four colours and travelers are invited to take home with them after the trip. The models are renewed every six months.
- Official website: Air France
Italy identifies itself with exceptional design, and so does its national carrier Alitalia, which is currently undergoing a rebranding following Etihad Airways’ investment. The Alitalia’s amenity bag exudes elegance and fashion. The award-winning-Salvatore Ferragamo creation is stylish enough to be used as an evening bag. Inside, there’s a line of Bianco di Carrara products (face cream, body lotion, lip balm, perfume) in addition to toothbrush, toothpaste, Bilsom ear plugs, extra-soft socks, an eye mask, and Menthos. Bravissimo!
- Official website: Alitalia
In its ongoing partnership with Finnish design institution Marimekko, Finnair recently released a new series of amenity kits in three distinctive Marimekko prints. The ultra-environmentally-conscious kits are intentionally minimalist, and feature essential inflight goodies including an eye shade, earplugs, toothbrush and toothpaste, and Clarins moisturizer and lip balm. The following additional items are available upon request: tube socks or slippers, shaving kit, mouthwash, hairbrush and make-up remover wipes.
- Official website: Finnair
- Review: read here my review of Finnair’s Business Class in an Airbus A330-300.
- Review: read here my review of Finnair’s Business Class in an Airbus A350 XWB.
Air New Zealand Business Class amenity kits use Antipodes skincare which are sourced with sustainable and certified organic ingredients. The vanilla pod day cream and pawpaw and avacado lip balm are rich and ultra-hydrating making them ideal for using inflight. The re-cycled packaging can be re-used and is designed to fit an iPad.
- Official website: Air New Zealand
Qantas Business Class passengers experience luxury Australian-made spa products, ASPAR by Aurora Spa, in newly designed Kate Spade and Jack Spade amenity kits. The Kate Spade kit for ladies features a bold new geometric print and the Jack Spade kit for men features a modern colour palette. The amenity kits include a Qantas exclusive ASPAR Sweet Orange & Shea Hand Cream, Vanilla & Orange Lip Moisturiser and an Ultra Hydrating Face Moisturiser, to help passengers relax and keep their skin hydrated while in flight.
- Official website: Qantas
Qatar Airways’ Business Class passengers can take home a stylish Giorgio Armani amenity kit, packed with nifty goodies for your flight and bathroom back at home. In Business Class the ladies score with an Armani Si fragrance and a perfumed body lotion. It’s a similar deal for the gents, where Business Class passengers receive an Acqua di Gio fragrance and after shave balm. Not forgotten are the basics such as eyeshades, socks, earplugs and lip balm, with female passengers also picking up a sturdy hairbrush.
- Official website: Qatar Airways
- Review: read here my review of Qatar Airways’ Business Class in a Dreamliner.
- Review: read here my review of Qatar Airways’ Business Class in a Boeing 777-300.
Turkish Airlines’ amenity kits are based on world-famous design brands Jaguarn Cerruti, Bentley, and Chopard. On outbound flights, the Jaguar branded bag is offered, which comes in a quality high-tech material symbolizing the “grace, pace and space” of Jaguar cars, and can be reused as a tablet case or document holder. The size of the bag can be expanded by undoing the zipper so that passengers can carry more or larger items. On inbound flights, the Cerruti branded bag is offered, which is made of a specifically developed leather-like material to create the sense of nonchalant chic which is typical for Cerruti. The design of the bag is elegant and simple, with a front flap which adds sophistication, and can be reused as a toiletry bag or to store personal items when travelling.
- Official website: Turkish Airlines
Taiwan-based carrier EVA Air collaborated with Rimowa to introduce two overnight kits in novel colors: crystal green and prosecco. The cases are made from the same premium materials used in the brand’s luggage products. To make it easier to collect both colors, one of them is provided on your departure flight while the other is distributed on the return flight. The contents of the Rimowa overnight kits include lotion and lip balm from Harnn (Thailand’s top spa and skincare brand), a screen cleansing cloth for mobile devices, a satin sleeping mask, sleeping socks, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and a comb.
- Official website: EVA Air
Emirates offers the most luxurious Business Class amenity kits in the skies (albeit only on longhaul flights). The mammoth amenity kits are presented as large and gorgeous toiletry bags, containing the usual necessities – albeit in luxe edition – such as toothbrush and toothpaste through to handkerchiefs and deodorant. The mens amenity kit also provided Gilette shaving foam and a razor, as well as moisturizers and aftershaves by Bvlgari. The women’s amenity ki contains Bvlgari nourishing face emulsion and nourishing hand cream, as well as Thé Rouge eau parfumée.
- Official website: Emirates
- Review: read here and here my reviews of Emirates’ Business Class in an Airbus A380.
- Review: read here and here my review of Emirates’ Business Class in a Boeing 777.