The first time I flew on Hong Kong Airlines was from Hong Kong to Los Angeles and then again on the inaugural San Francisco – Hong Kong flight in March this year. The full service airline does not fly to or from Singapore where I reside. Hong Kong Airlines has a very comfortable business class cabin and seat and service is uplifting, friendly and anything but stiff. But I’ll leave that review for another article.
One of the things that catch my attention whenever I fly is the amenity kit that airlines give out in Business Class. Since airlines are already giving them out to their premium customers, why not enjoy what we get. Also the many hours onboard, sometimes I do get bored and that is when I start to scrutinise everything including the amenity kit. Not a necessity for the frequent traveller but a nice to have. They do make great gifts to pass down to others.
The cloth kit fits snugly in your hand. Not too big and not too small. If you empty it out and use it on a daily basis, it fits your mobile phone, a small wallet, house keys and maybe a packet of tissues. Sufficient for you to get out of the house to meet up with your friends for an afternoon tea catchup. The kits spot a black sketch of all things Hong Kong. In this case, it is the skyline of the city. The red inner lining of the bag features motifs of the Chinese Junks that are synonymous with Hong Kong, at least for me. The tourism ads for Hong Kong from my younger days always had a visual of the junk, an ancient Chinese sailing ship. There are four different designs for the airline’s amenity kits.
The amenity kit is created by a company known as Ricebowl Republic where the founders are passionate for travel and history as well as a love of the exotic far east. Ricebowl Republic’s heart lies in the old traditions and crafts of Asia. The products they design and sell such as gift cards, tags or wrapping paper all bear motifs of items synonymous with the Hong Kong way of life such as the rickshaw, lanterns, vases, fans and many other icons.
Personally, I like to learn more about the cultures of another country and when airlines such as Hong Kong Airlines incorporate such elements into the kits and menus, that resonates better with me. Etihad Airways used to incorporate Sadou weave design in their previous set of amenity kits for First and Business Class.
The amenity kit contains lip balm and hand cream from L’occitane which is ostensibly the most popular amenity brand amongst airlines, hotels and cruises. Other contents include the usual ear plugs, eye shades and socks. Onboard, the airline also provides comfortable slippers.
Hong Kong Airlines flies to close to 40 destinations across Asia Pacific and North America, and currently maintains 77 interline and 18 codeshare agreements with multiple airline partners. It operates one of the youngest fleets in the world and has been awarded the four-star rating from Skytrax since 2011. It has recently operated its new Airbus A350-900 aircraft to destinations such as Los Angeles and San Francisco. This year it has launched new routes to San Francisco, Moscow and Manila.