ANA is the first airline to offer Neal’s Yard Remedies as in-flight amenities starting in June. These British company’s products will be offered in business class on long-haul international flights such as flights between Japan and Europe, North America (excluding Honolulu) and Sydney.
Neal’s Yard Remedies was established in 1981 as England’s first natural apothecary (natural medicine drugstore). The company offers a full line-up of organic cosmetics, aroma goods, and herbal products, and has expanded in 20 countries worldwide.
Each Neal’s Yard piece is infused with certified-organic essential oils to relax and refresh whilst the natural moisturizing ingredients help soften and hydrate the skin.
The product launch kit is made of natural canvas with a hand strap, and contains; Bee Lovely Hand Cream 10ml; White Tea Facial Mist 10ml; Shea Nut & Orange Organic Lip Formula 4g; ANA original toothbrush and toothpaste, eye mask and earplugs
Singapore Airlines debuts new amenity kits for business class customers. The airline has partnered with Matrix an London perfumer, Miller Harris. The kits will include L’eau Magnetic eau de parfum, hand lotion and facial mist. In August, scent will be replaced by the second of three fragrances for SIA, ‘Tea Tonique.’ The third scent will be announced in December.
This exclusive partnership between Singapore Airlines and Matrix with Miller Harris aims to bring business class travelers ethically sourced and uncompromising luxury products aboard SIA. So the next time you’re onboard an SIA flight look out for this new luxury range.
To ensure the wellbeing of its passengers, Air France has again paid careful attention to detail and is introducing its brand new sleep suit offered to passengers in La Première.
Presented in an elegant new felt pouch, the unisex sleep suit in high quality cotton is subtly embroidered with the Air France seahorse motif. An elegant souvenir that passengers can take with them after their trip, it can easily be worn at home.
On board the Boeing 777, the new La Première cabin offers passengers a real designer suite, promising total privacy. Air France has dressed each suite with thick curtains, held back with leather tiebacks. A unique and daring concept, they enable the passenger to decide whether to be totally isolated or just partially. In an instant, the La Première seat turns into a fully-flat bed over two metres long. During the flight, each guest has their own personal 24-inch HD touch screen, one of the largest ever offered on board. When the passenger is ready to go to sleep, the crew members install a mattress on the seat, for impeccable comfort. They are then given a fluffy pillow and a Sofitel My Bed® duvet. With the curtains closed, the partition raised and the lighting subdued, the suite provides optimum comfort for a perfects night’s sleep.
United Airlines have created this unique, collectible aircraft fuselage amenity kit to celebrate the upcoming event and its 35 years of flying Team USA all over the world. Inside Global First and BusinessFirst passengers are treated with Team USA inspired socks and eye-mask along with dental amenities, a comb, a pen, earplugs, mints and a selection of Cowshed moisturising products for pampering.
Premium Service passengers can also look forward to a Team USA rectangular amenity tin with travel essentials to keep them refreshed throughout the journey.
Having previously provided Air India with their natural and eco friendly products in 2015 for a sum of Rs 1.21 Crores for 25,000 units of amenities, Khadi & Village Industry Commission moves forward with the airline looking to supply a substantial sum of 1,85,000 units of amenity kits worth Rs 8 Crores.
Air India’s first order with Khadi Commission was put together in the short space of forty days and consisted of amenity kits for both First Class and Business Class international travellers and included Khadi hand sanitiser, moisturiser lotion, lemongrass, handmade soap, lip balm, rose face wash, essential oils and other travel essentials.
The new order for Kahdi will be a great boost to the workers of Kahdi Commission set to generate more than 4,40,000 man hours with 1,85,000 kits being delivered to Air India in only four months time. 6000 of these kits will be for First Class passengers and 1,79,000 for Business Class passengers.
The partnership between Air India and Khadi looks set to be a fruitful one, as not only does it help Air India meet their spec when it comes to being eco-friendly, but Khadi Commission are gaining the support they need to fulfil their objectives of providing employment and creating self-reliance amongst the poor and the building up of a strong rural community.
“Following the appeal made by the Prime Minister Narenda Modi, through ‘Man Ki Baat’ for purchasing at least one product of Khadi and support the rural artisans, there have been a tremendous encouraging response in sale of Khadi and more and more people are purchasing Khadi especially the youths and teenagers,” said V.K. Saxon, Chairman KVIC
FORMIA, announces a further extension to its existing commercial relationship with Turkish Airlines. Having supplied the airline with a variety of in-flight amenity kits for several years, FORMIA has recently devised a stylish new kit for the airline to offer passengers who, through disrupted travel plans, face an unscheduled overnight stay due to flight or airport delays or lost or delayed luggage.
The kits, individually tailored to suit male and female travellers, contain items from Italian cosmetics brand Acca Kappa as well as a number of comfort items designed to minimise the inconvenience caused to passengers from these rare delays. These include essential toiletries as well as a change of underwear.
FORMIA already supplies Turkish Airlines with amenity kits for Business and Economy Class passengers as well as specially designed kits for children and passengers making their annual pilgrimage to Mecca for the Hajj and Umrah celebrations.
Commenting, Roland Grohmann, Managing Director of FORMIA, said: “We are delighted that Turkish Airlines continue to place their trust in FORMIA and wish not only to renew our existing commercial relationship with the company, but to extend the range of products we supply to them. We greatly value our collaboration with Turkish Airlines. Travel disruption is a – thankfully rare – fact of life and Turkish Airlines are to be congratulated for going the extra mile in seeking to minimise disruption to their valued customers in this way. This new contract is a validation of our approach to provide the world’s greatest airlines with innovative, quality products which match their own drive for ever improving standards of customer care in a competitive market.”
FORMIA has had an exclusive arrangement with the distinctive Apsara Spa brand developing its range of travel cosmetics and pouches, and supplying Apsara products exclusively to airlines for use in in-flight amenity kits.
The Apsara range includes a variety of Far East inspired herbal remedies and healing products made using only the finest natural plant-based ingredients sourced especially for Apsara. Herbs, spices and fruits such as bergamot, ginger, mi nt and lime feature prominently in their range. All raw materials are carefully chosen and sourced from producers and growers who adhere to Apsara Spa’s own quality and ethical standards.
For its airline products, Apsara Spa worked with FORMIA to create a specially developed range of products to help passengers unwind and release tension during long flights. From indispensable items such as lotions and lip balm to aroma sticks and facial mists, Apsara Spa products can be selected and combined to suit the needs of each airline’s passengers in a clear demonstration of the airline’s drive to maximise the care, attention and hospitality it shows its customers.
Commenting, Roland Grohmann, Managing Director of FORMIA, said: “Apsara’s reputation at the highest quality end of the cosmetics market is growing steadily. We are absolutely delighted to be working with them on taking their products airborne. Having introduced the brand to the airborne hospitality market, we are delighted that their exciting and bespoke range of travel products are being so well received by airlines and passengers alike.”
Good night and sleep well is not exaggerated at SWISS International Airlines. Switzerland’s national carrier offers another level of comfort to its customers when flying First Class and getting cozy in Zimmerli pyjama. Both, male and female guests enjoy gender specific bags with a different style, color and content.
Frequent, demanding travelers will appreciate the new concept because of its elegance and choice of product and also because of the variety. For the next three years, there will be a new male and female bag which differs in style from the previous one, every year.
The new concept incorporates the Swiss brand Zimmerl. It is handmade in Switzerland since 1871 and contributes to the clients’ well with a tabacco colored pyjama for men and a sand colored tank top for women. The delicate fabric and the company’s signature colors will be identified as top quality and contemporary design immediately and will, along with the slippers, make long-haul flights with Swiss even more pleasant.
SWISS and SKYSUPPLY created a conclusive, stringent concept with attention to detail. The Zimmerli colors can be found throughout all items. Tabacco and sand are part of a tasteful design that plays with countering and complementing the particularities of the male and female amenity bags which are made of cotton canvas, the pyjama, top and slippers – this is pure Swiss precision. Inside their bags both male and female guests will find luxury la Prairie cosmetic items- which make the whole set even more valuable to be taken home.
Jetstar has been awarded the coveted Gold Seal at the 2015 TravelPlus Airline Amenity Bag Awards in the category for best Ethically Sustainable Amenity for its use of a blanket made entirely out of plastic bottlers.
Jetstar Group Head of Product Nigel Fanning told Amenities, “We are thrilled that the airline’s sustainability efforts had been recognised a year ago Jetstar became the first airline in the world to carry ecoTHREAD blankets onboard,”
“We’ve since ordered more than 300,000 of these blankets, helping to divert more than 5.8 million plastic bottles from landfill.“You could never tell by looking at or touching them, but these blankets are each made from 100 per cent recycled plastic. To create each blanket, 19 plastic bottles are recycled into plastic chips, which are transformed into thread and woven into fabric.”
Jetstar’s ecoTHREAD blankets are supplied by inflight experience specialists Buzz products.
The Australian low fares airline was also awarded the Sustainability category at the Onboard Hospitality Awards as well
The Dutch designer Jan Taminiau is designing comfort bags for KLM Royal Dutch Airline’s World Business Class. From Sunday, 27 March, 2016, passengers in KLM World Business Class will be given these luxury comfort bags as an exclusive present aboard intercontinental flights.
Jan Taminiau will design new comfort bags for KLM every year for the next few years. These bags for men and women contain items that are essential on a long flight. Taminiau will design a total of six unique comfort bags in 12 different colours. To give travellers something lasting, Taminiau is designing the bags so that they can be used after the flight. The first comfort bag is a clutch bag inspired by a dress in Taminiau’s haute couture collection. The second comfort bag is a wallet. Here Jan Taminiau is following designers Viktor & Rolf, who launched their design for a KLM comfort bag in 2011.
Miriam Kartman, KLM Executive Vice President Inflight Services told Amenities “KLM has worked for many years with established names from the Dutch design world so that we can continue to surprise our passengers. Taminiau’s designs are elegant and extraordinary with a distinctly international allure. KLM is proud to work with a designer of his calibre. The new comfort bags are not only attractive, they are also extremely practical. I know that passengers are going to enjoy the different designs.”
Jan Taminiau, told us “These new comfort bags, in the shape of a clutch bag and a wallet, are not only designed to be used during the flight, but especially afterwards. I have designed the bags so that they can be given as gifts. Every present we receive carries a memory of the person who gave it to us. These bags are a gift from KLM to its passengers, who may keep them or pass them on as a gift to a loved one or a friend: A gift that keeps on giving. ”
Our inaugural issue launches with the backing of globally renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE, discussing all things amenities and the importance of making a lasting impression through thoughtful timeless design. The team also talks amenity cosmetic do’s and don’ts with ELLE Fitness and Beauty Director, Emily Dougherty.
Amenities puts Roland Grohmann, Managing Director of FORMIA in the spotlight.
What have Hard cases brought to the amenity kits offer?
Hard cases have disrupted the landscape of amenity kits, conventionally the classical cosmetic bags or pouches. They have a strong connection with the hard case suitcases hence they convey the same idea of quality in terms of durability, quality, protection of valuables, etc. With the introduction of hard cases, the range of post-flight uses given to amenity kits has broadened and exceeded the context of cosmetics and toiletries. Hard cases are often reused for carrying and protecting electronic devices, chargers, adaptors, etc. They are also preferred as jewellery boxes, and any other usage where its hard shell is key to protect valuable contents.
Where do you think resides the success of Hard cases for amenity kits?
We believe the success of these kits lay on the same principles that make ‘luxury limited editions’ so attractive: when a brand produces a product in limited availability, it reinforces the brand’s mythology, and appeal to consumers looking to purchase an uncommon piece of a brand’s history.
These kits tick all the boxes that make exclusive products highly desirable: A premium brand: the allure of an uncommon piece of the brand’s history Exclusivity: limited access to the product, scarcity. Limited editions: ‘pièce Unique’ available for a limited period of time. Collectables: future memorabilia and trigger desire of collectors to own a rare piece of a favored brand’s history Sense of belonging: being part of a premium selected class.
An example that embodies all these variables for success, is the case of Rimowa amenity kits on board EVA Air’s Royal Laurel Class, its high end Premium Business class.
FORMIA’s mission is to delight its customers by providing products which, in turn, delight their own customers. We are immensely proud that EVA Air has continued to place their trust in FORMIA over the years to devise and supply their onboard amenity kit offer. Royal Laurel passengers are presented with a RIMOWA branded hard shell case in a specially commissioned colour designed to complement EVA Air’s own corporate colours. The rotation of customised colours and the cycles over a limited time-duration have reinforced the exclusivity factor, fuelled collector’s ambition and created unique memorabilia of the airline’s strive for quality and service. This quality lends itself well to EVA Air being ranked the 8th best Airline in the world.
With hard cases from Samsonite, Dot-Drops and Rimowa is there room in the market for more brands?
There are brands with a very different image and positioning in comparison to the above mentioned, that bring to the table other unique values and styles, with an equally practical and functional design but a different product aesthetic. Brands such as Samsonite are synonymous with worldwide travel, and remain unchallenged in this category. Other brands could target a different audience and tap into another type of emotional connection with the user, e.g a strong link to the fashion industry or celebrity world. This is the case, for example, of Bric’s, the premium Italian luxury brand with whom FORMIA has developed a classy range of hard cases inspired by the distinguishable style of the brand’s iconic designs.
Are you looking at working with new brands to offer more hard cases?
FORMIA has become a global reference in the amenities market for hard cases, and there are several brands approaching us to develop for them a hard case. We thoroughly scrutinize the brands we bring to the market and make sure our portfolio is comprehensive, distinctive and unique but not overlapping.
Are other luggage brand now seeing the potential for product placement?
Yes, definitely. Many retail brands, not necessarily luggage brands, have learnt that exclusive products such as amenity kits are a great addition to their brand allure and create an element of scarcity which enhances desire, thus benefitting their brand.
Is the day of the hard case coming to an end?
Not at all. This is just the beginning and they will continue to offer developments in various directions. Furthermore, some airlines also opt to combine hard cases and soft bags to cater to the inidividual preferences of their passengers.
What next for the case? We work on different directions with each brand, always tapping into the latest trends, or answering a latent need from passengers’ ever-changing wants and needs. In our current context, where consumers are constantly seeking for more personalization, one direction we are exploring is based on providing a high level of differentiation through prints applied to the hard cases. With customization leading some luxury brands’ strategy, the possibility is here, beyond offering color variations, to have a blank canvas as a vehicle of communication between brand-airline-user and adding an emotional touch to the kit whilst still respecting the DNA of the brand.
It seems that the hard case is mainly popular now with carriers based in Asia. Why?
The main reason for this is budget, as these kits are more costly than soft bags. However, in terms of appreciation, they are globally renowned and coveted by airline passengers.
We have recently offered Aeromexico a special amenity kit to use on an extraordinary occasion: the visit of Pope Francis to Mexico earlier in February. For the return flight from Ciudad Juarez (MX) to Ciampino (IT) Aeromexico presented a distinctive amenity kit for the Pope: the kit’s prominent feature was a Dot Drops hard case.