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 if you are packing light, or simply feel that since it’s a premium cabin, along with the amenity kit the airline should provide suitable clothing, there are airlines which offer their own pyjamas / sleep wear. 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.
1. British Airways Sleeper Suit
Only available in First. 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.
2. Qantas Business Class pyjamas
Qantas’ business class pyjamas have gained a lot of traction on social media in Australia, sported in posts by celebrities such as pro surfer Mick Fanning and Aussie Rules footballer Marc Murphy. The grey cotton long-sleeve pyjamas bear the iconic Qantas kangaroo logo. Paris-based designer Martin Grant is currently developing a limited edition line of the pajamas that will be unveiled next year.
3. Delta – Delta One Loungewear
Delta Airlines has now launched its pyjama set for business class passengers on services from Los Angeles to Sydney and Shanghai. This is the first step of a plan to provide the grey cotton loungewear for business class passengers on all of its services from the USA to China, beginning in March next year.
4. American Airlines Pyjamas
American Airlines has launched pyjamas to passengers in Business class flights between Sydney and Los Angeles, a litmus test for rolling the loungewear out on other long-haul flights. The v-necked pyjamas, which look like a modern take on the starship enterprise gear, are the same as offered in First Class, and come paired with slippers.
5. Virgin Atlantic Sleepsuit
Virgin Upper Class passengers on overnight flights are given a black jersey sleep suit, a simple, cozy pyjama set. However, they are not averse to sleepwear innovation. In June of last year (see news, June 2014), Virgin Atlantic introduced a limited edition “onesie” for business class passengers to wear on long-haul flights. The sleepwear, a collaboration with original onesie designers OnePiece, bore the slogan “sleepy head” on the back.
6. Qatar Airways
First Class passengers on Qatar Airways overnight flights receive designer sleeper suits by Italian fashion house Missoni (see news April 2010). The pyjamas, accompanied by a set of Missoni slippers, are another facet of the Italian Branding that permeates Qatar Airways’ first class cabin, with the other Italian luxury products available in-flight such as the Armani fragrances and beauty kits. In business class on certain routes, Qatar also offers pyjamas.
ANA has a variety of knitwear pyjamas available for rental on selected overnight flights, with different offerings available in to first and business class passengers. Unfortunately, unlike the majority of the pyjamas on our list, they must be returned at the end of the flight.
German Airline Lufthansa stocks its First Class packets with sleepwear designed by luxury German fashion brand Van Laack. The set, made from 100 percent high quality cotton features a loosely cut pyjama shirt with matching pants. In addition the bed comes with a mattress topper.
Emirates Airlines pjs are available to First Class customers on overnight flights. The beige pyjamas are made from a lightweight cotton and come in a range of sizes. They are the perfect final touch to Emirates’ individual first class suites, where passengers can take advantage of privacy (and a fully stocked minibar) to properly unwind.
Cathay Pacific has partnered with PYE, a luxury men’s clothing brand from Hong Kong to create a sleep suit for their 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.
First class passengers with Swiss are offered 100 per cent organic cotton pyjamas by Swiss luxury underwear specialists Zimmerli.