It can be difficult to get into your comfort zone when flying, even when the seat reclines to horizontal. One trick is to take something comfortable to change into when you sleep. But for those packing light, or who simply feel it is to be expected in a premium cabin, many airlines offer their own sleep wear (though not if you’re on the world’s longest flight with Singapore Airlines).
More than just a throwaway, some of these PJs can become a brand extension, and if you do decide to keep them, there’s always the option of wearing them on any rival airlines which don’t offer the service.
American Airlines offers matching knitwear pyjamas designed by US sleepwear brand Casper. Customers travelling in Flagship First on all long-haul international flights (London Heathrow included) will find this matching pyjama set and slippers in a drawstring bag.
The v-necked pyjamas, which look like a modern take on the starship enterprise gear, are the same as offered in business class, and come paired with slippers. For Flagship Business Class customers, the pyjamas are offered on flights between the United States and Sydney, Auckland and Hong Kong.
ANA offers free rental of knitwear and pyjamas for business class customers on certain long-haul flights, while those flying first class receive their own set of pyjamas to keep. According to ANA’s website, the matching dark grey knitwear sets will be phased in starting in October 2017. The lounge wear set is made from organic cotton and displays the ANA logo on the inside.
British Airway’s blue sleeper suits are only available in First Class. The navy suit is embossed with the British Airways logo and the word ‘First’. Light and breezy with a loose fit, you’ll often spot them in the Club World cabin on flyers keen to make clear their status.
Cathay Pacific has partnered with PYE, a luxury men’s clothing brand from Hong Kong, to create a sleep suit for its first class passengers. The pyjamas, a dark grey button-up shirt with matching bottoms, are available on selected long-haul flights. Made from 100 per cent organic cotton, they are the eco-friendly option, if indeed anything relating to airline travel can be eco-friendly.
Etihad Airways’s newest line of lounge wear is not only free to take home with you, but encouraged to be worn out of the house time and time again. Designed by Emirati brand A Friend of Mine by Xpoze, the sleek black pyjama sets are offered to the airline’s guests on all First Class flights, and also to those staying in The Residence on board the Airbus A380 fleet. The pyjamas were designed to be worn comfortably in flight as well as to be worn outdoors and with other articles of clothing.
Passengers flying Emirates’ first class will receive the world’s first set of moisturising pyjamas. Designed by Matrix exclusively for the airline, the futuristic sleepwear works by releasing tiny amounts of sea kelp into the skin to prevent dehydration.
The airline says that the specially designed pyjama material locks in moisture for up to ten washes so you can reuse them. The good news for those who aren’t flying first class is the pyjama sets can also be purchased on the Emirates store website for $52. You can read more about how these moisturising pyjamas work here.
First class passengers will get to relax in the airline’s 100 per cent organic cotton pyjama sets on JAL’s London Heathrow to Tokyo flight. A small red tag represents the Tsurumaru JAL logo. Business class passengers don’t get the luxury of taking home a new pair of pyjamas, but the airline offers a cardigan lending service on routes between Japan and Europe, America (except Hawaii and Guam), Canada and Australia.
German airline Lufthansa rolled out its new “Dream Collection” for its re-vamped Business Class in 2018. The comfort set includes a new sleep shirt from the luxury German fashion brand Van Laack which has worked with the airline before. The set, made from 100 per cent high quality cotton features a loosely cut pyjama shirt with matching bottoms.
Qantas has long offered pyjamas to its customers and its most updated version can be seen in business class on select international flights between between Australia and Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco, Hawaii, Santiago, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Vancouver, Dubai and London.
The unisex pyjamas remain grey, while the Flying Kangaroo logo has been updated and changed to a navy blue. The shirt also features QANTAS printed on the back of the neck.
Qatar Airways has partnered up with London-based luxury home goods brand The White Company to provide designer sleeper suits to their First and Business class passengers. The men’s sleeper suit is designed in a charcoal grey marl, and the women’s in a contemporary, mid-grey. Both sets come with matching luxury cotton slippers, with a faux fur interior sole for extra warmth and comfort.
Swiss offers its newest line of 100 per cent organic cotton pyjamas by the luxury Swiss underwear brand Zimerelli in its first class amenity kits. The amenity kits come in six different designs and feature a range of different Swiss products, including an eyemask and slippers.
While this airline has made some fashionable statements in recent years with the first ever airline “onesie”, Virgin Atlantic Upper class passengers will now see a simpler form of sleepwear on all night flights and upon request during day flights. The sleep suits are unbranded and they are free to take home with you as well.
United Polaris business class passengers are able to request a pair of pyjamas on flights longer than 12 hours. The custom designed pyjamas are United branded and free for you to take home after your flight, but make sure to request these early, as there is a limited stock available for each flight.