Amenity Kit Review: Air Tahiti Nui Poerava Business Class (March 2012)

Fellow blogger and very, very frequent flyer The Mr. Pickles generously gave me two Air Tahiti Nui kits he picked up on his recent trip with the airline and I offer my review of the Poerava Business Class offering below 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 navy blue, pre-molded sturdy zipper case features the carrier’s gardenia logo on one side of the exterior, as well as on the silver zipper pull following Air Tahiti Nui. The container opens smoothly to reveal two felt-lined side mesh compartments with all of the amenities. It’s a great case, well made and would be perfect to reuse for items you definitely don’t want being squeezed or crushed in either your carryon or checked bag. It’s not luxurious by any sense, but definitely a notch above some other business class offerings out there. Score: 5

Skin Care: Air Tahiti Nui partnered with L’Occitane to provide cooling hand cream with organic verbena extract, shea butter lip balm and a cleansing refreshment cloth. The hand cream is gel-like and while effective and non-greasy, it’s far too overpowering in scent for my taste. The lip balm is quite nice, as is the alcohol-free moist towelette. Score: 4

Oral Care: This kit includes a medium-bristled toothbrush, a tube of “Sunstar” toothpaste (the first time I’ve encountered this brand manufactured in Japan) and a packet of Smints. The toothbrush didn’t have a cover (no biggie), the toothpaste tasted like any standard non-mint U.S. brand and I always appreciate mints or mouthwash in these kits. Score: 4

Comfort Items: The standard eyeshades, socks and slippers are included along with a flip comb – an amenity not normally seen in business class kits – featuring the Air Tahiti Nui logo. The socks are fine for single use and the X-Treme brand earplugs are very soft. A gardenia logo appears on the brightly colored elastic eyeshades, which fit snugly. Stickers were also included that affix to your seat letting the flight attendants know if you prefer to be woken for duty free sales or wish not to be disturbed. Score: 5

Intangibles: There isn’t anything exceptional or luxurious about this kit, but I’m impressed with the case and the volume of amenities. The branding is subtle and while I’m unsure as to the need for the lanyard, it’s a nice added touch, as is the pen. As such, it impresses and deserves a slight nudge up in score for this category. Score: 5

Total score & comments:

Essentially, this amenity kit contained everything I expect from a business class offering and it received an appropriate total score of 4.50.

Comments

  1. @ Andy – US had switched to Gilchrist & Soames for more than 6 months now, also a completely different kit, no more drawstrings bag.

    @ Darren – TG had already switched from Rimowa to Tumi for almost a month now, nothing special with the Tumi kit.

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