Last updated: 10:00 AM ET, Fri August 12 2016

First-Class Pajama Party Looks Extremely Fun and Comfortable

Airlines & Airports | Gabe Zaldivar | August 12, 2016

First-Class Pajama Party Looks Extremely Fun and Comfortable

Photo courtesy Qantas

Add comfy, stylish pajamas to the list of things we are jealous first-class passengers get to enjoy.

Bloomberg’s Justin Bachman pulls back the curtain and unveils a relatively unknown amenity for first-class passengers throughout the airline industry.

Sure, we knew that the upper crust enjoyed things like champagne and all the drinks they could get their mitts on, but you rarely hear about the sleepy sartorial accouterment that peppers the front of the cabin.

Bachman has a detailed list of the various airlines that infuse first and business class with pajamas and introduces some of us to a world of comforts we could only dream of enjoying while crammed in our sweaty jeans and t-shirt back in coach.

For example, Qantas has taken a brief sojourn away from its usual gray pajamas offered to a more patriotic green and gold to fill the cabin with sleepy merriment during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Social media gives us a peek at what we’re missing.

As Travel + Leisure reported at the time, business class passengers would get the new pjs until Sept. 18 on flights from cities that include Honolulu, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Now most of us are used to the feeling that you need to just get through an International flight. Maybe ordering an extra beer from the cart will convince the back and neck they are both comfortable.

Those who have had the fortune of flying business class or above know that its best to savor all the luxury afforded by the increase in fare.

You might see the true first-class professionals bring their own pajamas onto a flight, so that they might rid themselves of the stuffy suit and don something far more comfortable once the fasten seatbelt light turns off.

Bachman writes, illustrating just how phenomenal it is to fly an overnight at the front of the plane: “Almost every airline chooses cotton for its sleepwear fabric, and most, like Singapore, have made the apparel’s presentation into part of the pre-bed ritual. This includes pillows, duvets, and turndown service to replicate a posh hotel experience.”

Back in May, TravelPulse even reported that Air France would bring the high-quality cotton pajama party to its La Première cabins.

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And, thankfully, domestic carriers are seeing the light and more readily providing business and first-class passengers pajamas that turn a frantic flight into a somnambulant oasis.

Bachman states that Delta welcomes the sleepwear on flights to China as well as nonstops from New York City to California.

And, as Bachman writes, American “offers pajamas in its ‘Flagship’ first class on long-haul international routes and has begun adding them to business class offerings on some longer routes” while United’s Polaris will get the pajama treatment as well.

The entire industry seems intent on making the sleepwear part and parcel of the premium experience.

Not that this helps coach passengers who are just hoping their neighbor behind them stops kicking the back of their seat at some point during the flight.


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