United Airlines could join the growing ranks of airlines offering pyjamas to business class passengers on international flights.
The 'sleep suits' are under consideration part of an exhaustive review of United's business class service, ahead of the debut of new business class seats on the airline's forthcoming Boeing 777-300ER jets from late 2016.
"We're doing a nose to tail review of our business class" confirmed Sandra Pineau-Boddison, Senior Vice-President for the airline's Customers division, "we're looking at duvet covers and pyjamas and what adds the most value."
"It's a pretty comprehensive review" Pineau-Boddison told Australian Business Traveller during a media briefing at United's headquarters in Chicago.
She added that pyjamas are "luxury items when travelling on business and it's highly likely they are going to get a lot of consideration."
Arch competitor American Airlines will supply pyjamas to business class travellers for the first time on the new Sydney-Los Angeles route.
Kurt Stache, AA’s Senior Vice President for International Strategic Alliances previously 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” such as Dallas-Hong Kong and the Auckland-Los Angeles route launching in June 2016.
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.
Delta Airlines is tipped to begin handing out pyjamas to first and business class passengers on its flights from Los Angeles to Sydney and Shanghai later this month.
The writer travelled to Chicago as a guest of United Airlines and Star Alliance
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