I Honestly Love American Airlines’ New Casper Bedding, Here’s Why
In early December, American Airlines rolled out the airline’s new line of Casper premium bedding and linens. Casper was launched in 2014 and specializes in mattresses. Since its launch, Casper has become a sort of “hipster-mattress” company. Like many airlines today, American Airlines saw the opportunity to partner with a hip start-up and offer premium products onboard their flights. Other notable partnerships include JetBlue and Saxon + Parole, Delta and Malin and Goetz, and United and Cowshed.
Before the introduction of the Casper premium bedding, American Airlines offered a pretty subpar product when it came to in-flight bedding and linens. Even in International First Class, all that was offered was an additional pillow, a scratchy mattress pad, and a light duvet. At the same time, Delta offered its fantastic Westin Heavenly bedding and United had introduced new Saks Fifth Avenue bedding. This left American Airlines as the only legacy US-carrier to offer non-branded in-flight bedding and linens.
While my first experience with the Casper line was in Premium Economy, I finally had the opportunity to try out American’s Transcontinental Flagship First Class Casper bedding and linens. Here’s my experience.
American Airlines Casper Bedding in Transcontinental Flagship First Class
Like with the previous bedding, the Casper bedding is set at your seat in plastic shrink-wrap upon boarding. However, on Transcontinental First Class flights, long-haul International Business Class flights, and International First Class flights, you will now find two packages of linens and bedding at your seat. One package consisted of a large pillow and heavy duvet while the other package consisted of a light day-blanket and what Casper calls a “lumbar pillow.”
I waited until the aircraft leveled out to unwrap the bedding and linens. I laid my seat into a lie-flat bed and carefully examined each piece of the bedding.
The bedding and linens are similar in color to what American has previously offered. The duvet consists of a grey outer layer while the inside of the duvet is white. The pillows, both the larger pillow and lumbar pillow, are white with grey accents. The day blanket is entirely grey. Additionally, on select international flights, business class and first class cabins receive white slippers with grey accents while premium economy passengers receive white slippers with blue accents.
Of course, looks are one thing. The real test is the comfort. Though Lucky at OneMileAtATime just posted his thoughts on the new Casper bedding, I greatly preferred the Casper bedding to what was previously offered.
I found the duvet to be softer and lighter than what American previously offered. Additionally, though lighter, the duvet seemed thicker and plusher.
The most significant improvement comes with the pillow. The main pillow is much larger, much thicker, and overall, just comfier. I honestly wouldn’t mind having one of the in-flight pillows for myself. The lumbar pillow is also very comfortable though oddly shaped as it’s supposed to support your back.
Finally, the day blanket is very comfortable. It’s large enough that you don’t have to constantly tug at the blanket to cover up. It also serves its purpose in that it’s light enough to use during a day-flight.
American Airlines Casper Bedding and Linens: The Routes
Additional Casper bedding, linens, and sleepwear are provided on longer-international flights. For example, in International First Class, passengers will also receive a Casper mattress pad, slippers, and pajamas. In International Business Class, passengers will also receive slippers. On select long-haul routes, passengers seated in International Business Class will also receive a mattress pad and pajamas. In Premium Economy, passengers receive a day-blanket, lumbar pillow, and slippers.
Here’s a breakdown of the Casper bedding:
- International First Class: Mattress Pad, Duvet, Day-Blanket, Pillow, Lumbar Pillow, Pajamas, Slippers
- International Business Class (AKL, SYD, HKG): Mattress Pad, Duvet, Pillow, Pajamas, Slippers
- International Business Class (Pacific Routes): Duvet, Pillow, Slippers
- International Business Class (Long-Haul, Select Non-Premium Transcons): Duvet, Pillow
- Premium Transcontinental First Class: Duvet, Pillow, Day-Blanket, Lumbar Pillow
- Premium Transcontinental Business Class: Duvet, Pillow
- Most Domestic Routes, Short/Medium-Haul Business Class: No Change
Overall, American Airlines Casper Bedding and Linens
I’ve heard mixed reviews of the new Casper line of products found onboard American Airlines flights. The most common complaint I’ve come across is that the duvet is “scratchy” and not as comfortable. I did not find that to be the case on my recent Transcontinental Flagship First Class flight. Additionally, the Casper line of in-flight bedding and linens seems more premium. What American had previously offered seemed very subpar and average at best. The Casper in-flight bedding is a much-needed improvement to American’s premium products.
What do you think of the American Airlines Casper bedding and linens? Should American expand the day-blanket to domestic first class flights?
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