Delta’s New BusinessElite Amenity Kits And How They Stack Up To Other US Carriers

Feb 4, 2013

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Although it’s certainly not the main reason why I select which premium class I fly to a particular destination, a great amenity kit can definitely make a difference to the in-flight experience, which is why I was interested to hear that Delta was updating its BusinessElite amenity kit.

According to an announcement late last week, Delta is partnering with Tumi and Malin + Goetz to provide a new amenity kit to its BusinessElite flyers. The new amenity kits will feature Malin + Goetz’s Neroli Hand & Body Lotion and Lip Moisturizer, a Tumi eye mask, socks, shoe horn, shoe polish, comb, dental kit, tissues, antibacterial wipes, earplugs and a pen, all of which will be contained in a Tumi case made from the brand’s exclusive ballistic nylon fabric.

Delta's new BusinessElite amenity kit.
Delta’s new BusinessElite amenity kit.

The new amenity kits will be available on Delta’s intercontinental BusinessElite service on all long-haul international flights.

In light of Delta’s new partnership, I thought it would be a good opportunity to look at the amenity kits offered by the other major US airlines, so here’s what you can expect on American, US Airways and United as well.

American Airlines
In line with the unveiling of its new livery and delivery of its new fleet of planes, American Airlines is also introducing a new amenity kit designed by Eames Office (like the old one) with a toothbrush and Colgate toothpaste, a pen, tissues, a towelette, a wipe for your sunglasses or phone, eye mask, socks, ear plugs, a comb and Dermalogica products including lip balm, Active Moist Lotion and Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment – a leap forward from the Burt’s Bees products that the airline used to feature.

First Class amenity kits conveniently double as a tablet case and are stocked with Dermalogica skincare products.
AA First Class amenity kits conveniently double as a tablet case and are stocked with Dermalogica skincare products.

United GlobalFirst Amenity Kit
This is actually a really nice little kit I got on the most recent Star Megado that folds from three portions down into a single pouch and contains the usual combination with a travel toothbrush, Colgate whitening toothpaste, Scope mouthwash, Purell, tissues, hand wipes, a comb, ear plugs, socks, shoehorn, eye mask, pen and Philosophy brand lip balm, hand cream, face mist and moisturizer and a facial wipe.

I think this particular kit is pretty well organized and useful, folding up into a space-saving pouch and containing pretty much anything you’d need to keep well groomed on a long flight.

Smart tri-fold technique saves space at United.
Smart tri-fold technique saves space at United.

United’s BusinessFirst kit isn’t quite as well-equipped, but it does come with the Philosophy facial wipe, lip balm and hand cream, and a Purell sanitizing wipe, tissues, a comb, socks and eye mask, ear plugs and a pen in a plain little rectangular bag with a mesh pocket.

United BusinessFirst Amenity Kit
United BusinessFirst Amenity Kit


US Airways Envoy Class Kit
US Airways Envoy Class is one of the best business class products in the skies and rarely gets credit for being among the first adopters of the reverse herringbone configuration that Cathay Pacific made popular.

Despite that forward-thinking focus on premium passenger comfort, the amenity kit in their flagship Envoy Class leaves a little to be desired, but still has some goodies. It includes a royal blue eye mask and socks, a travel toothbrush and toothpaste, ear plugs, a pen and Gilchrist & Soames hand and body lotion and lip balm in a simple, zippered pouch.

US Airways amenity kit is aptly color coordinated with the airline itself.
US Airways amenity kit is aptly color coordinated with the airline itself.

I still think my favorite amenity kit is British Airways first class, which is a sturdy Anya Hindmarch case that includes decent skincare products and a thick eye-mask, which I take with me on all other flights. What is your favorite amenity kit?

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