Here’s a look at a recent Affaires Business Class offering from Air France (2011) for this installment of Amenity Kit Reviews. For a better description of each category and the 7-point scale for scoring, please review my introductory post.
Bag/Container: The exterior of the padded case is rich milk chocolate in color with metallic gold hues when held in light. Air France’s logo is embossed on the lower right edge of the leather (or pleather) magnetic snap closure flap. Inside, you’ll find a tiny main section along with two small polyester mesh pockets. The textured canvas on the edges and interior flap is a nice touch, but it basically looks like a woman’s evening handbag. And with its limited capacity, reusability is low. Score: 3
Skin Care: This will be quick as there’s simply a single tube of Clarins “Multi-Active Day” early wrinkle correction cream. It’s fine, though has a strong unidentifiable odor and actually would cause me to tear if I moisturized my crow’s feet. I’ll assume there’s proper hand lotion in the lavatories. With that, I’m rather unimpressed. Score: 2
Oral Care: The kit contains your standard soft-bristled short-handled toothbrush with a cover, along with a tube of Sunstar, non-flavored toothpaste that contained just enough for a single use. I remain unimpressed to this point. Score: 3
Comfort Items: This category gets slightly more interesting as the kit includes a bit more here to appease my critical review format. The one size fits all eyeshades are rather tight, but they get the job done. As do the basic, low-quality single use socks and earplugs. Air France does, however, provide a few extras in this category, including a shoehorn, comb, headphone “bonnet” covers and a “do not disturb” sticker. I very much like the inclusion of a drawstring shoe bag. Score: 5
Intangibles: Beyond the gorgeous coloring and extras in the comfort category, the kit completely underwhelmed. It feels like Air France went a little cheap on several of the items. Also, as a branding dork, I would like to have seen the Air France logo appear on the comb or shoehorn, perhaps, along with maybe a SkyTeam alliance plug somewhere. Score: 2
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