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Business Class Airline Amenity Kit Showdown

On my last frequent flyer award trip I flew Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines and Continental (now United Airlines) in business class. On each long haul flight I received an amenity kit which was given to all business class passengers. Most flights were two cabin flights: BusinessFirst on Continental, Business Class on the new A330 on Egypt Air and Business on Turkish Airlines 777 (trip report coming soon).  Turkish Airlines' 777 was configured for three classes, but it was Business, Comfort Class and Economy Class. I also have a Swiss Airlines business class amenity kit from a family member's travel the week before.

If I had to devise a rating system for amenity kits I would break it out as follows:

  • Amenity kit case: should have multiple compartments to make finding items easier
  • Should have a light colored inside - preferably bright color so you can see the contents more easily
  • Ideally has a hanger built in for hanging in the bathroom so you don't have to place it on the wet counter
  • A decent zipper or other closing mechanism that lasts more than a few times
  • At least the basics of: a toothbrush, non-awful tasting toothpaste, eye shades, socks, and a pen! Please a pen! I know  I'm a frequent traveler, but when they give me the custom declaration forms to fill out - all the pens in my bag disappear like Houdini!
  • The rest of the amentities like cologne or lotions are nice but not required. If they are product samples of something I've never tried before it falls into the "nice to have" category. But if it's a random cologne from a random factory in a random country, please just leave it out.
  • I'd give 30% of the score to the case itself, 40% for the mandatory items, and the remaining score as bonus points. So 4 out of 5 or better is completely acceptable since it meets all the above requirements.

United Airlines BusinessFirst Amenity Kit

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  • Escents Mojito (lime, peppermint) moisturizing lip balm
  • Escents Verve (Bergamot, Honey) hand and body lotion
  • earplugs
  • tissues
  • mints
  • pen
  • eye shades
  • socks
  • toothbrush
  • comb
  • Crest Complete .85 oz
  • Escents (Grapefruit, Bergamot) refreshing cleansing cloth

The lie flat design of this amenity kit matches nicely with the lie flat business class seat. It's easy to see what's in the kit and the hanger makes it easy to use in the loo. 5 out of 5 as it has all the contents necessary.

Turkish Airlines Amenity Kit

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  • Shoe horn
  • Bvlgari Lip Balm
  • Toothbrush
  • Hair Brush (instead of comb)
  • Bvlgari Body Lotion
  • Socks
  • Colgate toothpaste
  • Bvlgari perfume

This kit is smaller than the Continental kit, but it has most everything I require. The only thing missing is a pen - but perhaps I'm being too greedy. 4.5 out of 5.

Swiss Business Class Amenity Kit

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  • Socks
  • Eye Shades
  • Toothbrush and worlds smallest toothpaste
  • earplugs
  • And a  note that you can ask the FA for shaving kit, nail file, comb, shoehorn or sewing kit

Ok Swiss, efficiency works well for pocket knives, but let's not be skimpy here. Although they meet all the basic requirements of mine, this just doens't seem like a business class amenity kit. At best I rate this  2.5 out of 5 due to the poor case.

EgyptAir Business Class Amenity Kit

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  • Socks
  • Eye shade
  • Earplugs
  • Toothbrush and small toothpaste
  • Comb
  • Leonard Lip Balm
  • Leonard Moisturizer
  • Cologne

The EgyptAir business class amenity kit itself is not very good. I hate amenity kits that are just a bag. It's hard to see the contents and use. The contents itself our sufficient but has a long way to go to catch up with other Star Alliance member amenity kits. 3 out of 5.

What airline has your favorite kit? What's important to you and how would you rate the above?

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Comments

I think hand lotion is a requirement more than nice to have (unless the lavs have lotion). I always need to moisturize when flying. Sad the Swiss kit is so poor... I have an older one that's equally disappointing. United's newer BusinessFirst kit is pretty nice.

#2
Jim June 2, 2012 at 03:31 pm

You know you fly too much when you confuse the spelling for a thing you use to hang clothes on with the building used for airplane maintenance. (Hanger vs. hangar).

#3
Mike June 2, 2012 at 03:45 pm

@Jim lol yes! Or I'm just a terrible speller! Fixed - thanks! ;)

#4
Elyse June 2, 2012 at 07:38 pm

That's not the latest Amenity kit from Continental/United. The new kit emerged May 1st. It's cheap, chintzy and so is the product. I received it on three/four trans-Atlantic flights in May. It's see-through and no more Escents products. No folding comb, just a little straight one. No big tube of toothpaste, just a tiny colgate tube. TINY. It's reallllly crappy. Looks like another bad money-saving result of the merger.

#5
matt June 3, 2012 at 06:19 am

I've picked up a couple of AF kits, Delta, and Air mauritius over the past week or so that I'll have to review. Also KLM's kit is mediocre, but the delft house more than makes up for it imo.

#6
julie June 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm

If anyone knows I'd like to know where I can buy the same light colored socks as on Egypt Air regular class and the dark socks on business class. I have 4 pair and I'd like some more. Probably won't be flying to Egypt again. Thanks

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