Air France amenity kits for long-haul Business passengers

Air France launches more sustainable comfort kits

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Air France amenity kits for long-haul Business passengers

Air France is offering its long-haul business class customers a new comfort kit made of up to 93% recycled material. The new kit, part of an eco-responsible approach for the airline, features the company’s historic winged seahorse emblem and comes in navy blue and grey.

Each business class kit contains a toothbrush and a pen made of cornstarch and ear plugs packaged in kraft paper which eliminate the use of plastic. The kit also features large sleep masks, socks, toothpaste and Clarins cosmetics.

By offering these more eco-friendly comfort kits, Air France will be reducing the use of single-use plastic on board its flights.

Air France’s long-haul premium economy cabin passengers receive a dark blue kit which, like the business class kit, includes a toothbrush made of cornstarch, ear plugs packaged in kraft paper, a sleep mask and a pair of socks.

The plastic packaging of each kit is now replaced by a tamper-evident seal in all cabins and headsets are systematically cleaned and disinfected which allows the carrier to eliminate single-use headphone protectors and their packaging.

British Airways festive

British Airways celebrates Christmas onboard

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British Airways festive

In the run-up to Christmas British Airways has surprised passengers with upgrades to Club World (business class) and exclusive lounge access at London Heathrow Terminal 5.

Across the London airports served by British Airways, passengers also received gifts including complimentary coffee vouchers, special chocolates and KidZania tickets for young flyers.

On board, passengers travelling on the airline’s short-haul flights can purchase festive snacks through the Speedbird Café. A small number of passengers travelling on every short-haul flight will be surprised with a special gift from the Café. Customers travelling to long-haul destinations on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be served a traditional roast dinner at 35,000ft, with all the trimmings.

Tom Stevens, British Airways’ Director of Customer Experience said: “After what has been an incredibly difficult two years for everyone, we know how much our customers have been looking forward to being reunited with loved ones over such an important time. We wanted to treat our customers and go that extra mile to make their journey, wherever it may be, extra special.”

Virgin Atlantic is offering passengers a fun and festive menu to enjoy onboard.

Virgin Atlantic gets into Christmas spirit

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Virgin Atlantic is offering passengers a fun and festive menu to enjoy onboard.

Virgin Atlantic is offering passengers a fun and festive menu to enjoy onboard.

All customers in all cabins travelling on selected flights from 24th-26th December will be able to tuck into festive feasts, featuring roast turkey with all the trimmings and a cranberry and thyme crusted salmon fillet.

The airline is also offering millionaire’s chocolate log over the Christmas period, and a cheese platter.

Passengers in all cabins will receive a mince pie and a Lindt chocolate bear.

Virgin Atlantic will mark New Year by serving passengers on select flights in the air at midnight on New Year’s Eve champagne and a milk chocolate star.

Corneel Koster, Chief Customer and Operating Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented: “We know customers are so looking forward to their holidays or to be with their loved ones over the festive period, so we are eager to delight our customers from the moment they board our flights this Christmas. Surprising our customers with delicious feasts and treats is our way of creating memories and saying thank you for choosing to travel with Virgin Atlantic.

“Understanding the current challenges, our teams will ensure all customers fly safe and well and are more than ready to celebrate the festive period onboard, as we get our customers to their destinations in style. Many of our customers are flying to reunite with friends and family, so it’s incredibly important to us that we help make this a special experience.”

ALL GOOD THINGS amenity kits from Buzz

Buzz presents All Good Things

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ALL GOOD THINGS amenity kits from Buzz

Buzz has introduced a plastic-free and zero waste amenity kit.

The ALL GOOD THINGS amenity kit is designed to help travellers feel good knowing that their onboard comfort items are designed with their environmental footprint considered.

The kit features renewable materials including tin, cotton canvas, aluminum, bamboo, FSC paper, and wood. Also included are ToothChews, an innovative, environmentally-friendly alternative to toothpaste, that does away with the tube and saves water.

Through the company’s Join the Movement program, Buzz has worked alongside its airline partners to remove 13 million polybags from circulation, and is behind the biggest airline sustainability program, ecothread which has diverted over 100 million plastic bottles from landfill so far.

“We are on a journey to zero waste, and we are committed to using our design innovation to help protect our planet,” said Leonard Hamersfeld, Director at Buzz.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is launching a one-year promotion of the TV anime series Demon Slayer.

ANA unveils Demon Slayer themed aircraft

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is launching a one-year promotion of the TV anime series Demon Slayer.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is launching a one-year promotion of the TV anime series Demon Slayer.

As part of the collaboration, from 1 December 2021, episodes of the show will be available as in-flight entertainment on domestic and international flights. In addition to 26 episodes of the anime, five songs from the series original soundtrack and the Demon Slayer orchestra concert will be available.

At the same time, specially designed Demon Slayer-themed in-flight paper cups and toys (18 varieties) for children will be available exclusively in economy class.

ANA is also introducing a specially painted aircraft, Demon Slayer jet on domestic flights from the end of January 2022.

The design will feature the characters of the anime, with in-flight services to include a limited edition headrest cover and aprons for the cabin attendants, and unique in-flight announcements by the characters. While the design and aircraft type is yet to be decided, a second jet will enter service within this fiscal year. A scenic flight is also planned for the future as well.

“We are excited to partner with Demon Slayer to generate excitement and share Japanese culture with a wider audience,” said Junko Yazawa, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning of ANA. “At ANA, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the travel experience, whether that be through the expansion of our award-winning service, the extension of our hygiene protocols or new entertainment experiences. We are confident that when our Demon Slayer-themed aircraft enter service in January 2022, they will offer a unique flight experience.”

ABM is now a regulated supplier of in-flight items, following in-flight supplier accreditation from The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The award comes as the aviation services provider opens a 2,000 square foot International Distribution Centre (IDC) at Manchester Airport

ABM receives in-flight supplier accreditation

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ABM is now a regulated supplier of in-flight items, following in-flight supplier accreditation from The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The award comes as the aviation services provider opens a 2,000 square foot International Distribution Centre (IDC) at Manchester Airport

ABM is now a regulated supplier of in-flight items, following in-flight supplier accreditation from The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The award comes as the aviation services provider opens a 2,000 square foot International Distribution Centre (IDC) at Manchester Airport, strengthening its logistics service offering. The IDC is the second of its kind for ABM, following the opening of the first centre at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2019.

The Manchester IDC extends ABM’s logistical support more widely across the UK and will support clients with inventory control and reporting with real-time view of stock levels, a warehouse management system, order processing and tracking and a dedicated pick and pack operation and team.

ABM is already supporting Virgin Atlantic with in-flight services, storing, and supplying goods to be used on board such as cleaning products, pillows, blankets and duvets.

Eddie Farrington, Head of Logistics, was appointed as the centre opened. He says: “This is an incredibly exciting moment in the ABM story. The London Heathrow and Manchester distribution centres mean we can now offer clients more automated logistics support across the UK.

“Space is at a premium in airport locations which presents a challenge for the many retailers operating there. We’re able to offer secure, racked and freestanding palletised storage for inventory such as stock, gifts, testers and point of sale merchandise.”

Anthony Bryant. Manager Aircraft Appearance and Cleaning, Virgin Atlantic, commented: “The introduction of ABM’s IDC facility at Manchester Airport has streamlined delivery of on-board products for us. The CAA accreditation also means the goods no longer have to be delivered via a third party which means the number of times the products are handled is reduced. This is crucial for reassuring our passengers as we look to recover and relaunch our operation from Manchester Airport.”

Qatar Airways and BRIC's Breast Cancer Awareness month amenities

Qatar Airways goes pink

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Qatar Airways and BRIC's Breast Cancer Awareness month amenities

To mark Qatar Airways’ continuous support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, passengers are being offered an exclusive ‘Think Pink’ experience in the sky as well in Hamad International Airport (HIA) lounges, including custom-designed limited-edition BRIC’S amenity kits and pink-themed special menus.

Designed by Qatar Airways in collaboration with  the stylish Italian luggage brand – BRIC’S, the limited-edition amenity kits are made from vegan leather and are offered in two different designs – a pink and white kit for female passengers, and a black kit for male passengers, both with the iconic breast cancer ribbon prints. Each kit includes products from Italy’s Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio, the environmentally friendly olive oil company, including lip balm, hydrating facial mist, and anti-ageing moisturiser in special limited edition ‘pink’ branding.

On flights departing from Doha, passengers travelling in first class and business class are offered a refreshing pink mocktail, a special ‘Think Pink’ menu featuring a themed afternoon tea, and desserts featuring the iconic breast cancer ribbon made from sugar paste. Economy class passengers are served an exclusive pink-themed cheesecake and offered the limited-edition breast cancer awareness amenity kit on select long-haul and ultra-long-haul flights.

FORMIA has collaborated with Emirates and Bvlgari to create the Emirates x Bvlgari collection for the airline’s premium class passengers.

FORMIA launches Emirates x Bvlgari collection

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FORMIA has collaborated with Emirates and Bvlgari to create the Emirates x Bvlgari collection for the airline’s premium class passengers.

FORMIA has collaborated with Emirates and Bvlgari to create the Emirates x Bvlgari collection for the airline’s premium class passengers.

The collection presents eight kits for male and female passengers travelling first class and business class. Each bag is embossed with the distinctive Bvlgari logo, has a Bvlgari branded inner lining and outer colour palettes that complement the exclusive Bvlgari fragrance found inside.

Each first class kit contains a 30 ml bottle from the BVLGARI LE GEMME fragrance collection.

Female first class passengers are offered the BVLGARI LE GEMME fragrance ‘RUBINIA’, showcasing intensity and power in a burning elixir of red Sandalwood. Male first class passengers receive the BVLGARI LE GEMME fragrance ‘TYGAR’, named the magnetic gemstone Tiger’s Eye.

The female and male first class bags (pictured) are made from a black faux leather and boast a striking red and tan trim respectively. Both bags come in two sleek designs, aligned with the fragrances they contain.

Female business class bags have a luxurious gold faux leather finish and contain the fragrance OMNIA CRYSTALLINE, a luminous and delicate scent inspired by the clarity of pure crystal. The male business class bags come in a two-tone fabric with a functional carry handle and draw on the fragrance ‘AQVA POUR HOMME’. Passengers will also receive luxurious Bvlgari cosmetics that include a lip balm, body lotion and face cream, all in their respective fragrances.

All eight bags have been designed to have versatile uses, from cosmetic bags to travel pouches. Additionally, FORMIA created essential on-board items with sustainability in mind, which include toothbrushes, combs and mirrors made of wheat straw and a dental kit that was once packed in a plastic box but now comes wrapped in rice paper.

“Working with such prestigious brands as Emirates and Bvlgari is always a joy and we are particularly proud of the results of this collaboration. Not only does it ooze sophistication and opulence, it also addresses the growing need for re-usable and long-lasting designs such as we did with the bags but also with the accessories’ that we have created that go towards reducing plastic use. At FORMIA we relish in delighting passengers and offering the chance to disembark with a scent from the much coveted ‘BVLGARI LE GEMME’ collection does just that,” commented Roland Grohmann, FORMIA’s CEO & Managing Partner.

John Horsfall has acquired Orvec

John Horsfall acquires Orvec

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John Horsfall has acquired Orvec

John Horsfall has acquired fellow Hull-based designer, Orvec, a supplier and manufacture of woven and non-woven products to the airline.

The acquisition will allow John Horsfall to further diversify its product range.

Peter Horsfall Benson commented: “This is a fantastically positive acquisition for our business, with many synergies in terms of product area and customer base. John Horsfall will retain Orvec’s UK & China production facilities; with all sales enquiries, order processing and account management coming in-house at John Horsfall’s Huddersfield HQ.”

In addition to its Hull headquarters, Orvec has manufacturing facilities in Xiamen, China and Charlotte, North Carolina, US, from which it serves airline customers including Aer Lingus, Delta, Emirates and Singapore Airlines.

Kaelis has supplied new sleepware to MEA business class passengers.

MEA turns to Kaelis for amenity comfort

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Kaelis has supplied new sleepware to MEA business class passengers.

Kaelis has created new sleep accessories for Middle East Airlines (MEA) business class passengers.

The blanket is made of plush and microfiber to offer a smooth and cushioned feel and is available in two colours: grey and azure blue. The quilted pattern allows the filling to warm equally its surfaces, and the embroidered logo gives a sophisticated touch to the whole item.

The pillow, made of peach skin, follows the same colour pallet as the blanket, and includes a contemporary design with geometric and patterns, as well as the MEA logo.

According to Kaelis, “this comfort set excels on its materials, constructs and provides a warm and cosier travel experience. The designs and colours give an elegant and contemporary look to the whole set as it increases the loyalty of MEA’s passengers.”