There are many perks to international premium class travel. Pajamas being provided on long haul flights are high on my list.
Note: since the time of this post, the American “big 3” now provides pajamas in premium on their longest flights.
I think its fair to say that most carriers with a first class cabin provide pajamas on their long haul first class flights. Some carriers that only offer 2 class service also provide pajamas for their business class passengers, but that is more rare. I’ll discuss some of the long haul premium products I have experienced and what amenities they provide.
I didn’t have too many pajamas before I started flying international flights in premium classes. I have to say, I’m quite a fan. When I’m not traveling, I often work from home, so I can wear whatever I want, and its hard to beat the comfort of pajamas.
I’ve been fortunate to stock my closet with quite a few airline pajamas, and there are many more I hope to pick up by experiencing their product. Singapore First Class will be soon, and some day I am determined to fly Swiss First Class.
Some of my favorite Airline Pajamas
Virgin Australia Business Class
The only Business class entry on my list. The Virgin airlines don’t have First Class, but their Business is highly regarded. As for these pajamas, if the pants fit better, they would be among my favorites. The shirt is fine, but even the XL pants are much too short for me at 6’3″. It seems the come in a standard length, and only the waist size differs. They are lightweight and made from soft material.
Thai Airways Royal First Class
Thai provides pajamas to first class passengers on their long haul services. They are more known for their ground services, but I’ve had good experiences with them in the air. I have now flown 3 legs in First Class, but only my Bangkok to Frankfurt flight was long enough for me to get pajamas. These are powder blue and the styling is Asian inspired, but they are lightweight, and are pretty comfortable.
Lufthansa provides Bogner branded amenities. They provide at least a shirt plus socks and slippers on all first class flights. In general, on overnight flights, they provide a full set of pajamas. The shirts are kind of like a long sleeved shirt of varying styles. I’ve had some v-neck pullovers, and sometimes they are a collared polo type shirt. The pants are plain drawstring pants that remind me of surgical scrubs.
Turkish Airlines First Class (Turkish First Class service is no longer offered)
These are old school styled pajamas like my dad wears. They are made by Linens, presumably a Turkish brand. They are perfectly comfortable, but (as can be seen by the wrinkles) I don’t think I’ve worn them since I was on the flight several years ago.
American Carriers with no Pajamas
Delta does not offer 3 class service. Their business class product is rather enjoyable, but pajamas are not provided. I have not flown on this product in several years. Rocky’s post linked above shows the excellent new product on the 747.
United Global First (fka United First International)
My first ever international first class flight was on United. My wife and I flew to Australia several years back. This was on the current Global First product linked above. A nice hard product, but no pajamas were provided. American does provide pajamas on their long haul first class flights. As much as I hope United keeps 3 cabin service on at least some flights, there are many better options out there for either paid or award travel.
What are your favorite in flight amenities? Any recommendations?