Welcome to the first post in our new amenity kit review series! To kick it off, I will be reviewing my all-time favorite first class amenity kit – Japan Airlines first class. This kit earns a near perfect score and is my all-time favorite kit because of the quality of the contents and the re-usability of the bag itself. I have never seen an amenity kit that offers this much goodness before.
We will be reviewing the amenity kits on a scale from 1 to 5 (being the best) and I will rate them based on five categories:
- Bag/container: design, quality and reusability of the bag.
- Product: quality, size and variety of the facial and body products.
- Comfort items: eye mask, ear plugs, etc.
- Miscellaneous: pens, tissues and everything else.
- Extras: additional items that make your flight just a tad more comfortable including pajamas, slippers, etc.
Japan Airlines has two different kits, one for the outbound and one for the inbound. I got this kit from my Tokyo Narita to Los Angeles flight a few months ago. The contents of both kits are exactly the same. The only difference is the inbound flights have a traditional dopp kit case made of a corduroy material. I much prefer this one.
Bag/Container – Japan Airlines has partnered with Spanish luxury fashion house, Loewe, for their first class amenity kit. Owned by LVMH Group (the same people that own Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessy), Loewe is known for their high end leather goods, clothing and fragrances. This medium size, Loewe branded bag has a handle on top, metal zippers that opens to the front and a top flap that doubles as a hanging toiletry bag. The canvas material is soft yet sturdy and the kit itself is simple and functional. Inside, there are plenty of pockets and large open spaces to carry full-size items for future trips. Score: 5
Product – Japan Airlines gives you so much stuff that they can’t fit it all in one container. In addition to the Loewe branded lip moisturizer found in the kit, each first class passenger also gets a gender specific case containing facial products from Japan’s oldest and most recognizable cosmetics firm, Shiseido. For men, the case contains travel size (not sample size) bottles of cleansing face wash, hydrating toner and total revitalizer face cream. Score: 5
Comfort items – The soft nylon eye mask has an adjustable strap and the 3M branded ear plugs come in a handy reusable plastic case. There’s also a pre-packaged, single-use moisture mask to help with the dry air. Score: 5
Miscellaneous items – The generous kit also includes a fold-out brush/comb, package of tissues, Agua de Loewe revitalizing towel and dental kit including reusable travel toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash. Score: 5
Extras: In addition to the amenity kit, first class passengers also get a set of pajamas and slippers. The pajamas are of good quality but are a little on the heavy side. The top has a half zipper to the front and a JAL logo on the breast. The long sleeve top comes in a cream color and the drawstring pajama bottoms come in grey. The slippers are nice and padded for comfort. Score: 4.5
Overall, this Japan Airlines first class amenity kit is top notch and scores a near perfect 4.9 in our ratings. This really is a fantastic kit and I’m glad to have this one in my collection.
Do you have one of Japan Airlines’ amenity kits? Please tell us what you think.
Other Amenity Kit Reviews
- Japan Airlines First Class
- ANA First Class
- British Airways First Class
- Virgin Atlantic Upper Class
- Qantas First Class
- Thai Airways First Class (Rimowa 2014)
- Japan Airlines Business Class
- Lufthansa First Class (Escada)
- Cathay Pacific Business Class (new Seventy-Eight Percent)
- United Airlines BusinessFirst (Cowshed Kit)
- United Airlines BusinessFirst
- American Airlines Transcon First Class (Reno Air Heritage Series)
- United Airlines BusinessFirst (new TEAM USA kit)
- Lufthansa Business Class (Bree)
- Etihad Business Class (LUXE)
- Qatar Airways Economy Class
- American Airlines Business Class (Cole Haan 2016)