[FoRK] Fwd: Best Airline Goody Bags.

Rohit Khare <khare at alumni.caltech.edu> on Tue Sep 4 10:02:51 PDT 2007

> From: "Adam Rifkin" <ifindkarma at gmail.com>
> Date: September 4, 2007 12:55:29 PM EDT
> Lord help me, I've forgotten how to FoRK things.
> http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/07_36/b4048068.htm
> The Best Airline Goody Bags
> As you might expect, first class beats business class, and Asian
> carriers win by a mile
> Some airline amenity kits offer a lot more than toothpaste, eyeshades,
> and socks. Asian carriers, in particular, feature products from such
> luxury brands as Bulgari, Givenchy, and Shiseido. First-class
> passengers even get fashionable cotton pajamas they may want to wear
> at home. Here are our choices for the best in-flight goody bags:
> The first-class men's kit from Dubai's hometown airline--made of
> handsome black leather--is the best package overall, featuring real
> Gillette (PG ) razors (not the plastic disposables) and a grab bag of
> luxury aftershave, cologne, and moisturizers. Ladies get a complete
> line of toiletries, including Clarins face creams and lip balms. All
> first-class passengers also get their own "sniff boxes" filled with
> aromatherapy scents designed to put you to sleep and wake you up.
> Long regarded as one of the world's most luxurious airlines, Singapore
> raised the bar another notch late last year when it started flying its
> new fleet of Boeing (BA ) 777s. On those routes--including Los Angeles
> to Taipei and Singapore; San Francisco to Seoul; and Singapore to Hong
> Kong, Milan, and Zurich--passengers in all cabins are treated to
> Givenchy socks and eyeshades. Those in first class can wear their
> cotton tracksuit-style pajamas (also Givenchy) in their lie-flat beds,
> then wake up and pamper themselves with Salvatore Ferragamo lotions,
> aftershave, and fragrances in flight-approved bottles.
> Cathay's kits offer a plethora of luxury brands. The striped amenity
> bags provided in business class were designed by French fashion house
> agnés b and contain spa-quality skin-care products. Men in first class
> get a black bag from Victorinox, the Swiss army knife people, filled
> with lotions from Acca Kappa of Italy. A green or magenta suede
> women's bag from Vietnam's Christina Yu holds moisturizers by the
> Parisian brand Darphin. Especially nice touches in the first-class
> kits are the wooden combs and hairbrushes, as well as a sleep ensemble
> from Shanghai Tang consisting of matching cotton pajamas with silk
> knot buttons, slippers, and an eye mask.
> BA spent $200 million to relaunch its Club World business class last
> fall with larger lie-flat beds and overhauled in-flight services. But
> passengers in Club World still just get kits packed with Molton Brown
> beauty products (the same kind found at BA's day spa at Heathrow
> Airport). First-class travelers get brown velvet carrying cases
> created by trendy English accessories designer Anya Hindmarch and
> filled with Kiehl's moisturizers. They also get pajamas--navy blue
> cotton knit with cream trim around the collar, with "First" emblazoned
> on the front. The top could even double as a light summer sweater.
> The offerings of U.S. carriers pale in comparison with their foreign
> counterparts, but United comes closest with skin-care products from
> H2O Plus, a Chicago-based brand. First-class packs feature body butter
> and face gel, while business-class nylon drawstring bags provide just
> the essentials, such as tissues and toothpaste. Well, it's a start.

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