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Inside the Amenity Kit: Air Canada's Goodies for Premium Economy and Business Class

Where: Canada
July 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

When flight AC 5 left Toronto Pearson International Airport on July 15, it was more than the start of a routine 11.5-hour stretch from Toronto to Tokyo-Haneda; that particular flight meant the official inaugural of Air Canada's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner and her brand-spanking-new interiors which included a revamped Business Class and completely fresh Premium Economy.

We flew both during the cause of one roundtrip on the route (which is relatively new itself), and stay tuned for the full report next week. For now, a peek into the swag flyers are handed to improve in-flight comfort:

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: A Songkran Special on Thai Airways

Where: Thailand
July 25, 2014 at 10:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

Flying on a country's flag carrier like Thai Airways is especially exciting when your travel happens to fall during a national holiday. In our case, it was Songkran, a celebration in April to welcome a new year (according to the lunar calendar). Not only were we excited to be part of the festivities on the ground, but the airline made sure their Songkran travelers had a little surprise in flight.

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Around Business Class of a Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner in 5 Steps

Where: Qatar
July 16, 2014 at 3:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Air New Zealand may have just taken delivery of the latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, but the original 787-8 still has us excited when we find ourselves on one.

Qatar Airways has 9 Dreamliners operating a number of routes out of its brand-spanking new (and humongous) Hamad International Airport in Doha, and an additional 51 on order from Boeing. We recently did a business class return between Stockholm and Doha, which gave us enough time to explore its swanky interiors.

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The Little Things: Virgin Atlantic's Champagne Obsession

July 14, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: A dedication to serving Lanson Black Label champagne in Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic.

You've just settled back in the leather seat, put your smartphone on "airplane mode," and flipped open the Upper Class in-flight menu. Before you can turn to the extensive list of options "from the bar" on this Virgin Atlantic flight (and yes, there is a real bar), a flight attendant sashays your way with a tray of bubbly.

It's a scene now so signature to Virgin Atlantic service, this stylish pour of Lanson Black Label Brut accompanied by a scarlet smile, but it hasn't always been that way.

The coupe-shape glass was first introduced onboard Virgin Atlantic flights with the revamp of the A330 bar in 2012, but the glass is now part of all Upper Class services regardless of aircraft type. The long, thin stem topped with a sultry bowl evokes the glamor of old Hollywood, and champagne bubbles look damned fine in it.

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Inside the Amenity Kit: A Pouch and PJs in Virgin Atlantic Upper Class

July 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

It's crazy to think that a passenger flying Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class could be in for more treats after experiencing the delights of the airline's airport Clubhouses, but it's true. Following a spa treatment, cocktails, and a full hot dinner (all complimentary) at the JFK Clubhouse, for example, Upper Class flyers then settle into the full-flat seats onboard and are handed an amenity kit (plus a small, appetizer snack bowl of Tyrrell's crisps).

The grey felt pouch has a looped leather-like strap and an interior lined in Virgin's signature scarlet. It's made of recycled materials, plus it's unisex, chic, and easy to reuse for purposes beyond stashing your in-flight amenities. In plainer terms, it's just right.

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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.

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: A Bistro 'Brekky' on Virgin Australia

Where: Australia
June 20, 2014 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

Eggs on a plane often sounds just as scary as "Snakes on a Plane," and we usually recommend avoiding rubbery, egg-like substances that very rarely turn out nice. Virgin Australia has however eschewed the traditional cheese-filled omelets or scrambled egg substitute for a bistro-style offering that is not only delish, but making us rethink the importance of breakfast on a plane.

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Inside the Amenity Kit: Freshening Up with Birchbox for JetBlue Mint

June 16, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

Picture this: you get all settled in your seat and are browsing the menu when the flight attendant delivers a small box. Inside are travel-size items to make this transcontinental flight more refreshing and relaxing. You have the choice of a male or female kit (no judgements) and, should you like what you've tried, the full-size items can be found for sale online.

This is the concept of the amenity kits for passengers in the new JetBlue Mint premium cabin between JFK and LAX (and JFK-SFO come October 26). For this partnership, the airline called up Birchbox, a hugely successful NY-based subscription service which sends their subscribers, all over the country, the latest in personal care products in travel-friendly sample sizes.

Not only is an amenity kit a first for JetBlue (we're not counting those red eye Snooze kits they used to distribute), but an airline partnership is a first for Birchbox as well.

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First Impressions of JetBlue Mint, Now Flying Coast-to-Coast

June 16, 2014 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

After many months of coy reveals and growing anticipation, JetBlue's first premium seats have hit the skies. Named Mint, the cabin is now available on flights between JFK and LAX, and coming to JFK-SFO in October.

Ahead of the inaugural flight yesterday, JetBlue hosted a trial run on the ground at JFK. For this, we sent a JetBlue flyer who'd never seen the seats before and had an "empty slate" for first impressions.

There's a new plane on the tarmac at New York-JFK Airport, and it's shiny inside as well as out. We're talking about the brand-spankin-new Airbus A321s coming to JetBlue, and their "Mint" cabin of fully flat leather seating. The first of them, appropriately named It’s Mint to Be, is one of the 11 Mint-configured A321s due to be delivered to JetBlue in 2014.

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Inside the Amenity Kit: Vietnam Airlines Business Class to Ho Chi Minh City

Where: Vietnam
June 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM | by | Comment (1)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

Although, Vietnam Airlines doesn't land on any US soil right now, hopping one of their SkyTeam partners to Asia puts the wonderment and warmth of Vietnam only one stop away.

We've talked about the never ending meal service on our flight from Australia to Ho Chi Minh City, and now it's time to crack open the toiletry bag which greeted us upon reaching our seat.

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Inside the Brand New Qantas Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport

June 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport is not a bad place to spend a few hours pre-departure. In fact, it’s high on our list of favorite airports around, especially if you’re flying in a premium cabin on Cathay Pacific or another oneworld airline for the excellent airline lounge options. We just took you inside a private Cabana in the flagship “The Wing” First Class lounge and the latest Cathay addition “The Bridge,” and are finishing up with the even newer Qantas lounge, which arrived in April.

Located on level 7, but at the opposite end of Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Lounge, the new Qantas Hong Kong Lounge brings the previous underground Business Class Lounge up to where its separate First Class Lounge used to be, redesigning the whole space in the process. It's huge for a dedicated airline lounge at an airport where there already are a range of oneworld alliance lounge options, and it seats up to 300 passengers at a time.

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Inside the Amenity Kit: KLM's Designer Collab for World Business Class

June 3, 2014 at 2:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

In keeping with their commitment to promoting Dutch design, KLM partnered with fashion designer duo Viktor & Rolf in the creation of amenity kits. Each contains the basics for enhanced in-flight comfort, but they differ for male or female in zip pouch color. The strap which wraps around the kit then clips on the side to transform the bag from an amenity kit to reusable wristlet. The designs change each year, so you're looking at the 2014 pouches in these photos.

Passengers traveling on intercontinental flights in World Business Class will be given these bags at the start of the flight, and they won't be the only little presents along the way. Don't forget the end-of-flight goodbye gift of KLM's signature mini Delft houses filled with genever.

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