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.”
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.
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