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Throwback Thursday: What's in Ansett Australia's Amenity Kit?

June 26, 2014 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Taking a little bit of Throwback Thursday and blending it with our new series, Inside the Amenity Kit has produced a golden opportunity to highlight a small piece of passenger airline history.

While going through some boxes, we came across a few amenity kits from yesteryear, and one stood out from the rest: a blue travel wallet bearing the name of defunct Aussie airline, Ansett Australia. Like many airlines around the world, the business of this much-loved but weakening carrier was dealt a fatal blow with the September 11 attacks and the resulting depression of the aviation industry.

Although it began as a domestic airline, Ansett grew its substantial network into Asia. In 1999, the airline joined Star Alliance to funnel passengers from Oz to more foreign shores. Ownership changed from News Corporation (Rupert Murdoch's media company) to Air New Zealand before the demise on September 14, 2001.

Our little amenity kit treasure was courtesy of the airline's business class service on a 767-300ER from Australia to Kuala Lumpur in the mid-1990s. The wallet is outfitted with plenty of slots for IDs, credit cards, tickets and any other info you might need handy while transiting through the airport. Here's what's inside:

· Ansett-branded tissues
· full-sized toothbrush and toothpaste
· eye mask
· cotton socks
· a set of stickers to assert your desire for privacy or to be woken for meal service
· pen (not pictured)

Airlines have come a long way at providing a bit more potions and lotions for in-flight comfort in today's amenity kits. Even with the limited goodies in the kit, we still deem this one a keeper.

[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]

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