Hereâ€™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 Franceâ€™s logo is embossed on the lower right edge of the leather (or pleather) magnetic snap closure flap. Inside, youâ€™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 womanâ€™s evening handbag. And with its limited capacity, reusability is low. Score: 3
Skin Care: This will be quick as thereâ€™s simply a single tube of Clarins â€œMulti-Active Dayâ€ early wrinkle correction cream. Itâ€™s fine, though has a strong unidentifiable odor and actually would cause me to tear if I moisturized my crowâ€™s feet. 😉 Iâ€™ll assume thereâ€™s proper hand lotion in the lavatories. With that, Iâ€™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 â€œbonnetâ€ covers and a â€œdo not disturbâ€ 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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