I wish U.S. airlines invested in upgrading their amenity kits to compete with many of the foreign carrier ones Iâ€™ve scored in my Amenity Kit Reviews series. Hereâ€™s another great one featuring Thai Airwaysâ€™ Royal First Class offering. For a better description of each category, and the 7-point scale for scoring, please review my introductory post here.
Bag/Container: One word: Rimowa. Score: 7. If youâ€™re unfamiliar, Rimowa is a leading manufacturer of luggage and this kitâ€™s unique design matches the aestheticism of their full-sized luggage with a hard plastic wide-ribbed zipper case. As pictured above, it extends when opened and contains two mesh side pockets. A descriptive product information card about the company and its unique polycarbonate luggage was included. Nothing can compare to this bag, in my opinion, so againâ€¦ Score: 7
Skin Care: Thai partnered with La Maxima of Paris to provide the kitâ€™s skin care items. The body lotion is fantastic and absorbs immediately without leaving an oily after feel. I canâ€™t determine the scent, but itâ€™s light and pleasant. The flavorless lip balm is effective. I love facial mist for incredibly dehydrating airline cabins and this one carries the same unidentifiable scent as the lotion. Also included is a refreshing small bottle of eau de cologne. Additional skin care items are available in the lavatories. Score: 7
Oral Care: Partnering with another European manufacturer, Thai offers Fluocaril oral care products. A full-sized toothbrush with a cover is included and the toothpaste, while effective (is there an ineffective toothpaste?), was of the â€œregularâ€ flavor. I would love to see some type of mint paste more often in these kits. No breath mints, but this is the first time Iâ€™ve seen a container of breath spray. Pretty nice and thankfully it is mint-flavored. Even with my dislike of the toothpaste, Iâ€™m giving a near perfect rating. Score: 6
Comfort Items: Truth be told, I didnâ€™t actually fly with Thai and receive this amenity kit (eBay!) and the carrier offers Royal First passengers eyeshades, slippers and pajamas separately. I trust they are top notch and look forward to adding them to my collection soon. In the lavatories, as noted on their website, soft linen towels are an option over paper towels â€“ a nice luxury. The kit does include a flip-comb/brush combo, which Iâ€™m sure works just fine if you have hair (I buzzcut what I have left… ha!). You can criticize me here given the fact I didnâ€™t first-hand review most anything in this category, but feel comfortable with giving them a near perfect score with the option to adjust it when I actually travel Royal First. Score: 6
Intangibles: Had I actually flown and received this incredible kit and additional comfort items, Iâ€™m certain my impression would be nothing but top notch. I actually like it when the airline incorporates their logo on the kit and feel the Rimowa logo adds to its elite and exclusive feel given their position in the industry. Â Score: 7
Total score & comments:
As I would have expected with a non-U.S. airline First Class amenity kit, this one far exceeds what youâ€™d find on American, United or Delta. It definitely deserves the top score of any Iâ€™ve reviewed to-date. As Thai is in my alliance of choice â€“ Star Alliance â€“ Iâ€™m certain Iâ€™ll one day receive one as a passenger. In the meantime, well done Thai Airways, the final score of 6.50 is well deserved.