SkyTeam just welcomed Aerolineas Argentinas as their 18th member airline late last month, so I bring you the carrierâ€™s Club Condor (business class) amenity kit for this installment of Amenity Kit Reviews. Iâ€™ve actually had this one in my possession for about a year now, so Iâ€™m not exactly sure if itâ€™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 â€œgrandma blue,â€ leather handle along with the pinstripe as shown. The interior isnâ€™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 Lâ€™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. Iâ€™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. Â Score: 5
Oral Care: Maybe itâ€™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. Â Score: 5
Intangibles: This kit doesnâ€™t scream exclusivity, but itâ€™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 â€“ a polyester laundry bag perfect for wet swimwear if they hadnâ€™t dried fully. Itâ€™s just too big to be a shoe bag, but I suppose it could be used as such. Â Â Score: 5
Like I said, itâ€™s a solid business class kit and I couldnâ€™t really fault anything and there were enough items to push it above adequate. A score of 4.75 is well deserved.