Hong Kong Airlines
Hong Kong Airlines has yet to officially unveil its new amenity kits, however Business Traveller was given a sneak preview of the design at an event earlier this month.
The design in question features the Hong Kong skyline printed in black against a cream-coloured background with the words “high life” above the buildings. As for the bags themselves, they are made from a canvas fabric that gives the kits a tactile and durable feel.
While these new bags bear a lot of similarities to the airline’s current amenity kits, which it rolled out in February last year, there are a few notable differences. Notably, these new kits will be taller and slimmer than the current kits, which are shorter in height and wider in width. The new kits will also feature a number of new designs, though the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour prints will be retained.
Japan’s national carrier is making a number of changes to its service offerings on international long-haul services starting next month, notably with new in-flight menus developed in collaboration with Michelin-starred restaurants.
Over the coming weeks, however, passengers will also see new amenity kits when travelling in first and business class on select international routes.
The first class offerings, designed by Italian fashion house Etro and set to launch in mid-March, will be available on flights between Tokyo (Haneda and Narita) and US destinations as well as London and Paris.
Meanwhile, the business class kits have been developed by Japanese firm Tatsumura Textile that will rotate colours every three months starting late-February. These will be available on routes between Tokyo and destinations in North America, Europe and Australia, as well as on the airline’s flights between Kansai International airport and Los Angeles.
Swiss unveiled its new business class amenity kits earlier this month. Designed by Swiss army knife and luggage brand Victorinox, the kits come in six different designs each of which will be rotated on board.
However, the airline won’t be offering just the standard travel toiletries bag. The range also includes other practical items intended to be reused after the flight, notably a passport holder and a metal tin modelled on Victorinox’s suitcase design.
As for the toiletry kits themselves, they contain a toothbrush and toothpaste, lip salve, sleep mask, socks and ear plugs, and will be available on Swiss flights for the next three years.
Delta began offering new amenity kits for its Delta One and Delta Premium Select passengers last year.
While the Delta One kits still make use of products from luggage manufacturer Tumi and cosmetics brand Kiehl’s, the kits themselves now feature a hard-shell option designed to mimic Tumi’s 19 Degree luggage collection. It’s worth noting that hard-shell options are only available on outbound flights from the US – inbound offer soft-sided cases.
Meanwhile, the carrier’s Delta Premium Select amenity kits come in a soft, blue Tumi pouch and feature toiletries from Malin and Goetz.
Designer store Liberty London was behind British Airways revamped first class amenity kits, which it launched last year.
Kits come in two designs – an “Arundel” pattern for male bags and an “Indiana” print for female bags.
Aside from the outward design, the two types of bag feature different products. The men’s bag, for instance, features Refinery’s moisturiser, lip balm, deodorant, shaving gel and razor, along with other standard toiletries such as toothbrush and toothpaste, eye mask and socks.
Meanwhile the women’s bag includes Aromatherapy Associates triple rose renewing moisturiser, hand lotion, renewing cleanser and cotton pads, among other items.
This is the second time Liberty London has designed amenity kits for the airline, with the new men’s bags in particular offering a more unique Paisley-style design compared to the previous all-black bags.
Rather than offer regular travel toiletries, Singapore Airlines filled its new amenity kits with fabric care products from The Laundress. These include sprays designed to remove wrinkles and odours from clothes, and bars for getting rid of stains without the need to wash them in liquid – great for business travellers.
Available as in a limited edition for travellers in business class, first and suites, the products come in tall, black leather bags.
Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana partnered with French fashion house Christian Lacroix and Italian designer Furla for its latest amenity kits.
Offered to business class passengers on both short and long-haul flights, the Furla women’s bags have been designed to mimic the brand’s retail handbags, while the Christian Lacroix kits feature bold prints and colours, and the brand’s signature butterfly pattern.
Among the most notable features of the products within the kits, however, is the replacement of the typical flight socks with slippers.