American Airlines and Cole Haan partnered on inflight amenity kits last year and now they’re back with a second edition for 2017.
By Kim Grimes
The carrier sent TravelSkills a handful of the fashionable new kits as a sneak peek, so let’s take a look:
There are two different transcon amenity kits, one for business class and one for first class.
The business class kit features a diagonal-cut flap and brown button clasp. It’s the only amenity kit in the new line that has American Airlines branding directly on it, but it’s fairly discreet. This kit probably has the least reuse value out of the four since there are two large slits in the back that small items could slip out of, but it’s durable enough to keep things in during a flight.
Inside, passengers will find a toothbrush, Crest toothpaste, earplugs, an eye mask, and polyester socks. There’s also a C.O. Bigelow refreshing travel kit inside that includes lip balm and lime and coriander scented body lotion.
The first class version of the transcon kit is very stylish and has a handy pocket in the front that can be used for notes or boarding passes. It could easily be reused as a pen or makeup case. This kit comes with all of the same things as the business class kit except for the C.O. Bigelow items. Personal care items in this kit are provided by Clark’s Botanicals and include ultra rich lip balm, moisturizing hand cream, and a refreshing hand wipe. The kit also includes a small packet of tissues.
Two different amenity kits are provided for passengers flying business class or first class on international flights.
The kit for international business class has a rectangular shape that feels really comfortable to hold. The embossed pattern on the bottom half acts as a nice grip. It comes with a toothbrush, Crest toothpaste, C.O. Bigelow mouthwash, earplugs, an eye mask, Bose headphone covers, polyester socks, a packet of tissues, and a pen. Also inside is the C.O. Bigelow refreshing travel kit including lime and coriander body lotion and a tube of lip balm.
International first class passengers receive an amenity kit that can be reused as a clutch purse or tablet case. The kit looks nice folded in half showing off its contrasting colors, but when you lift the flap you’ll have a case big enough for your tablet with brown on one side and the patterned navy on the other.
Inside this amenity kit passengers will find a toothbrush, Crest toothpaste, mouthwash, earplugs, an eye mask, Bose headphone covers, polyester socks, a packet of tissues, and a pen. Luxury skincare brand 3LAB has provided their ultimate travel collection in these kits as well. It comes with their PERFECT Lips lip balm, PERFECT hand cream, and “M” Cream.
American Airlines has also come out with new pajamas for first class passengers. They’re surprisingly soft and comfortable with the airline’s eagle icon on the bottom of the shirt. The pajama set is pretty lightweight but still provides a nice amount of warmth. I wore them instead of my fleece pajamas for a few nights and slept soundly without having to turn up my heater.
You can check out these new items throughout 2017 on American Airlines’ transcontinental and international flights– and be on the lookout for slight changes in colors every quarter.
American Airlines hopes that you’ll reuse their amenity kits in innovative ways and invites you to share how you reuse your amenity kits using the hashtag #GreatestFlyers. Will you be picking up and reusing one of these fashionable kits this year? Are amenity kits even necessary? Let us know what you think in the comments below!