Flying business class? Don

By Chris Chamberlin , February 5 2016
Flying business class? Don

TRAVEL TIP | It’s always surprising to see passengers in business class sporting their office attire on long flights – hanging up their jacket to keep it crisp, but then crumpling up their nicely-ironed shirts and trousers: wearing them as they sleep or even while just lazing about and watching movies.

Worse yet is when airlines provide complimentary pyjamas on overnight flights, which many travellers are quick to don.

Equally as fast though, travellers' business shirts are stashed and crushed into their cabin bag until landing, by which time they’ll have gained many more creases than by simply wearing it.

The solution? You can still wear those comfy pyjamas, but ask the crew to help hang your outfit during the flight – easily done in one of the many closets found aboard, normally used for the business class jackets.

Personally, I’ve made this a habit whenever travelling overseas beyond those short trans-Tasman hops, and in hundreds of flights have never once been knocked back.

Some crews will simply fetch you a coat hanger and show you where the cupboard is, while others, particularly on Singapore Airlines in our experience, will take and hang your garments and return them to your seat when requested.

It’s not something to expect in economy, but the next time you’re flying high in business class to arrive well-rested, take a moment to hang your outfit during the journey and arrive well-presented, too.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

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Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

Total posts 745

I usually find a suitpack drapped over my wrist boarding with some little designer emblems on the outside picks up any Cabin crews attention and the offer to wardrobe is made without even asking.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

07 Feb 2013

Total posts 558

What does the 'designer emblems' have to do with anything? A chance to mention it by the looks!

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Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

Total posts 745

An expenisve bag of fruit.

Wearing a suit on a long haul flight is such a joke. Change into the suit before landing or at the arrivals lounge. This is not the 1960s Golden Age of travel.

Although it's not as sad as the person in a suit in in Economy long haul. #failedupgradeattempt.

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Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

Total posts 745

Ooh yes, that does sound grim, economy class and in a suit...

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Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

Total posts 745

The failed upgrade attempt might have been because of the polyester suit.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

31 Jan 2012

Total posts 108

Standby downgrade, When you policy states you have to wear a suit thats what you do. No flash labels here just tailored in Thailand for a bargin.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge

01 Sep 2011

Total posts 387

i thought that was a give to change out of your travel gear to keep it fresh and smart. I always pack one from another flight in hand carry just in case the airline doesnt provide PJs eg: EK or BA business. I never fail to do that on a flight of 6+ hours. It's more relaxing on board as well. Those still in suits or collar and tie are often airline staff.


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