SkyTeam just welcomed Aerolineas Argentinas as their 18th member airline late last month, so I bring you the carrier’s Club Condor (business class) amenity kit for this installment of Amenity Kit Reviews. I’ve actually had this one in my possession for about a year now, so I’m not exactly sure if it’s the current offering. For a better description of each category and the 7-point scale for scoring, please review my introductory post.
Bag/Container: The padded, rectangular canvas zipper bag with a woven twill texture features the Aerolineas Argentinas logo on one side and an exterior pocket on the other. Besides the obvious gray, the bag is adorned with a bright blue, almost “grandma blue,” leather handle along with the pinstripe as shown. The interior isn’t expansive, but offers a decent amount of space along with three pouches on one side, each holding a single item. Not a bad offering for business class. Score: 5
Skin Care: Aerolineas Argentinas partnered with L’Occitane to provide the two simple items found inside the kit. One is cooling hand gel with organic verbena extract, which has an incredibly refreshing and clean scent. I’m normally not a fan of gel lotions, but this one absorbed immediately and left my hands oil free after just a moment. The other item is a shea extract refreshing cloth and a nice alternative to a separate lotion. Score: 5
Oral Care: Maybe it’s my big man hands (thanks, Seinfeld), but I hate teeny tiny tubes of toothpaste. That said, the standard flavor tube of Colgate toothpaste serves its purpose just fine. The full-size, soft-bristled toothbrush is impressive, so it basically brings this category back to adequate. Score: 4
Comfort Items: The one-size-fits-all elastic eyeshades are standard amenity kit fare; though do feature a soft interior lining. And the socks are equivalently standard and not anything of ultra-high quality. A pair of soft earplugs is also included. When I think of South America, one of the things that comes to mind is people with beautiful hair. And the airline must know this by offering a comb/brush combo. You gotta stay gorgeous, South America. Score: 5
Intangibles: This kit doesn’t scream exclusivity, but it’s a solid offering for business class. And I have to give credit for originality in offering a unique amenity I have yet to come across – a polyester laundry bag perfect for wet swimwear if they hadn’t dried fully. It’s just too big to be a shoe bag, but I suppose it could be used as such. Score: 5
Like I said, it’s a solid business class kit and I couldn’t really fault anything and there were enough items to push it above adequate. A score of 4.75 is well deserved.