American Airlines to offer pyjamas in business class

American Airlines to offer pyjamas in business class

American Airlines will bolster its business class offering with pyjamas from next month on all flights between Sydney and Los Angeles to mirror its Oneworld, codeshare and joint venture partner Qantas, with matching slippers to boot.

An amenity traditionally reserved for the airline’s first class guests, Kurt Stache, AA’s Senior Vice President International Strategic Alliances told Australian Business Traveller that Sydney-LAX would be a litmus test “with the thought of eventually rolling these out on other longer-haul flights.”

AA's Boeing 777 business class suites (and PJs): flying to Sydney from December

Among the other possible ‘PJ routes’: Auckland-Los Angeles, clocking in at around 12 hours from its launch in June 2016, and of course, Dallas-Hong Kong – AA’s longest flight which is just five minutes shorter than Qantas’ own marathon Dallas-Sydney service.

Qantas has long offered pyjamas on overnight international business class flights as has competitor Virgin Australia on its own Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi services, although the US airlines have been slow to adopt this much-appreciated amenity.

Stache explains that “most of American’s flights tend to be eight hours or less” – considerably shorter than the 14-hour trek from Australia to the USA’s west coast – but that the airline “has been working closely with Qantas” to align its products and services to comparable standards.

AA’s business class PJs will be the same as offered in first class, being black with a red collar delivered in a red drawstring bag, meanwhile Qantas is working on a new limited edition range with designer Martin Grant for its business and first class flyers.

Read: New Qantas business, first class pyjamas from Martin Grant

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

18 comments

  • MrT

    MrT

    16 Nov, 2015 12:11 pm

    I hope Qantas start providing slippers as well - nothing worse than wet socks from 'water' on the toilet floors

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  • eminere

    eminere

    16 Nov, 2015 12:18 pm

    It's not difficult to put your shoes back on before visiting the lavatories. I cannot understand how people can feel at all comfortable walking around in an aircraft cabin barefoot or with just socks on.

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  • undertheradar

    undertheradar
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    16 Nov, 2015 12:26 pm

    i hope passengers would take more responsibility and clean up their own mess!! personally, i conduct myself in the toilets in such a way that doesn't 'wet' floors/walls etc...and if spillages do occur... i clean up after myself :)  and yes...the toilet is often cleaner after i have used it, than when i went in!! and i'm still alive to tell the tale after 30yrs of airline travel lol

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  • undertheradar

    undertheradar
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    16 Nov, 2015 12:32 pm

    i hope for world peace :)

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  • 11sjw

    11sjw

    16 Nov, 2015 04:20 pm

    Some really cheap slip on shoes are the way to go.

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  • StudiodeKadent

    StudiodeKadent

    16 Nov, 2015 12:18 pm

    I'm glad to see AA trialling PJs. I think they're a great amenity and I hope to see more of them. Surely, on 10+hr flights they should be guaranteed in Business class. Shorter night flights should also have them.

    Hopefully stuff like this will make SQ consider PJs in Business given how they operate some of the longest flights in the world.

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  • undertheradar

    undertheradar
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    16 Nov, 2015 12:44 pm

    agreed it is a great amenity..and it is a nice touch,at the very least, to be offered them or know they are available on requested if required...if you don't want them...don't take them...SQ and other airlines will sooner or later 'discover' they can no longer rest on the laurels. wishful thinking lol

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  • undertheradar

    undertheradar
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    16 Nov, 2015 02:03 pm

    i suppose SQ and other airlines have a demographic where such 'frivolities' are needless...and as long as their 'target audience' are 'served' by a slim attractive subservient female...nothing else really matters!! lol 

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  • crosscourt

    crosscourt

    17 Nov, 2015 06:53 am

    dont hold your breath for SQ to do J class PJs ... as they're going to even drop toiletry bags - its surprising that EK havent done business PJs seeing how much they boast about how good their service is. Their P class PJs are good.

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  • highflyer

    highflyer

    16 Nov, 2015 05:28 pm

    Good to see AA slowly picking up their game, although they're lack and disinterest on service is one that is not to be desired..have had many horrible flights with them... maybe they should send their staff and use the QF Centre of Excellence and learn something from QF

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  • Fonga

    Fonga

    16 Nov, 2015 06:36 pm

    Perhaps these re-entries to the Australasian market are what this is all about - learning from best friend Qantas about higher product standards in a restricted market segment. They might then apply the lessons to the rest of their huge network if it works on these two legs. The hard product can hardly be faulted. Let's see if they get the soft product right too. PJs are definitely a step in the right direction.

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  • Hugo

    Hugo

    16 Nov, 2015 06:47 pm

    The fetishisation of PJs on flights always puzzles me. You can afford ten grand for a biz-class ticket but you can't blow twenty bucks on a t-shirt and some trakky daks from K-Mart?

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  • Doubleplatinum

    Doubleplatinum
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    16 Nov, 2015 07:13 pm

    +1 - they are always pretty cheap quality too, I think most posers just like them for the airline logo and so they can brag about having been in J!

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  • Flying Fish

    AWA2602

    17 Nov, 2015 09:36 am

    Its got nothing to do with the price of the ticket and all to do with the convenience and comfort. PJ's on board mean one less thing to pack in your carry on - a t-shirt and pair of tracksuit pants take up as much space a pair of loafers or low-top sneakers, I'd rather use that precious space for something of value. You wear the inflight PJ's on board and then you leave them on board when you slip back into your crease-free clothes; no need to waste time and effort trying to fold and repack the t-shirt and tracksuit pants you've slept in.  QF's J PJ's are of acceptable quality for a single-wear item of clothing being 100% cotton and well-constructed and their First offering is very decent indeed.

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  • woganfan

    woganfan

    17 Nov, 2015 03:49 am

    Out of interest, I about to travel from LHR to ORD in F and was wondering if any readers/writers here had experience of AA lounge at LHR T3 and first class cabin on this route.  Your thoughts would be appreciated. 

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  • crosscourt

    crosscourt

    17 Nov, 2015 06:49 am

    You could use the BA 1st lounge which is better in my view

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  • Joe

    Joe

    18 Nov, 2015 12:34 am

    To this day I often ponder as to why some pax pay up to 10K to sit in Business Class and enjoy a flat bed only to sleep with their clothes on? Would they do that at home? PJ's are the most practical amenity for LH/ULH flying full stop.

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  • Mar1sa

    Mar1sa

    16 Sep, 2016 11:04 am

    Can anyone confirm for me whether you do in fact get pyjamas on business class sydney to lax and lax to sydney? Would help to know in advance :)

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