TEMPE, Ariz., April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — US Airways is making international travel more comfortable and convenient with several in-flight enhancements starting this spring and summer.
Beginning May 1, passengers traveling in the Economy cabin will receive complimentary headsets and complimentary wine with their main meal on flights to and from Europe, the Middle East and South America. Earlier this month, the airline also expanded DineFresh, its premium chilled meal option paired with wine that has been available on trans-Atlantic flights departing its hubs at Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C. since last August, to select trans-Atlantic flights headed to Philadelphia and Charlotte. DineFresh meals are priced at$21.99 and must be pre-ordered at least 24 hours prior to departure.
In July, US Airways will introduce new amenity kits in Envoy, its international business class. The airline has teamed up with Red Flower, a New York-based, eco-friendly beauty and lifestyle brand, to offer passengers traveling in Envoy a soft classic jute-lined bag filled with delicately scented botanical products including Ocean moisturizing body lotion, Italian Blood Orange lip balm and an Italian Blood Orange facial towelette with whole essential oils of pink grapefruit and blood orange which provide an instant boost and a sense of invigoration.
“As a world traveler, it brings me great joy and excitement to see Red Flower partnered with US Airways,” saysRed Flower founder Yael Alkalay. “Red Flower is a trendsetter in beauty and wellness, drawing inspiration from curative global traditions and the potent force of nature. We share our mission of creating extraordinary experiences with US Airways. Through this partnership, we hope to enhance and bring a sense of comfort, well-being and a lift of energy and spirit while traveling the skies.”
In addition to the new Red Flower offerings, the amenity kit will contain socks, eyeshades, earplugs, tissues, a pen, toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash to ensure that customers traveling in Envoy arrive at their destination relaxed, refreshed and ready to do business.
Personally, I think it’s time that US Airways upgrades their amenity kits. I know several other bloggers were at the US Air media day, and had the chance to see the new product, but I’m not sure if Red Flower was a good choice or not. I prefer unscented products – like the Philosophy products provided on United – and tend not to use the products provided by many other airlines.
“We’ve invested in improvements that will make international travel for business and leisure customers more comfortable and convenient,” said Andrew Nocella, US Airways’ senior vice president, Marketing and Planning “The enhancements were based on customer and employee feedback and are launching as we resume seasonal summer service to ten European cities and begin new service to Sao Paulo, Brazil.”
This is something that I’m thrilled about – however, it’s very hard to find upgrade availability in Envoy and many of US Airways international flights in Envoy price much higher than competitors.
The enhancements in Envoy and economy follow a multi-million dollar investment in upgrades to US Airways’ domestic First Class service and the addition of Gogo inflight internet on more than 90 percent of the US Airways fleet. On April 1, the airline began offering customers in First Class a choice of snacks in addition to their meal on long-haul flights and a continental-style breakfast on the go that includes a yogurt smoothie, croissant, almond butter, jam and a mint on overnight long-haul flights.
I will say that it’s very nice to have Gogo options on domestic flights – I even have the option on many of my short hop flights from Charleston, SC to DC or Charlotte. The planes that US Airways uses to fly internationally are pretty nice. Even the coach seats are fairly comfortable – in my opinion, more comfortable than the seats I’ve had on United from Chicago to London.
As a US Airways frequent flyer, it does make me happy to see all of these changes and improvements and makes me more excited about the merger.
US Airways Points Promotion
I love when US Airways runs their 100% Bonus Miles Promotions! You can buy 100,000 miles for $1750. For 120,000 miles, you can fly to certain parts of Asia in business class and that’s a great deal. So if you have 20,000 points you can add to the purchase, this is a great price for a ticket, in my opinion.