It's no secret that foreign airlines like Qatar Airways, Etihad, Emirates and Singapore Airlines are leaving U.S. airlines in the dust on the overall traveling experience.
But one U.S. airline seems to be waking up to the challenge posed by foreign carriers and is making some modest improvements.
U.S. Airways says starting this spring and summer it'll offer several in-flight enhancements to turn international travel into a better experience.
U.S. Airways Envoy International Business Class
Here are a bunch of improvements U.S. Airways is promising international travelers:
* Starting May 1, U.S. Airways passengers traveling in Economy class will receive complimentary wine with their main meal and no-fee headsets on flights to and from Europe, the Middle East and South America.
* In July, the airline will introduce amenity kits from Red Flower for its Envoy international business class passengers. They will get a soft jute-lined bag filled with scented 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. Whether these goodies provide the promised "instant boost and a sense of invigoration" remains to be seen. The amenity kit will also include socks, eyeshades, earplugs, tissues, a pen, toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash.
* Just recently, the airline 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 cost $21.99 and must be pre-ordered at least 24 hours prior to departure.
* U.S. Airways is now offering Gogo inflight Internet on over 90% of its fleet.
On June 8, US Airways intends to launch daily, non-stop year-round service to Sao Paulo, Brazil from Charlotte.
In May, US Airways plans to resume daily seasonal service to Athens, Barcelona, Glasgow, Lisbon, Shannon, Ireland and Venice from Philadelphia.
Daily, seasonal service will also operate from the airline's Charlotte hub to Dublin, Madrid, Paris and Rome.
Additional seasonal frequencies are to be added to Frankfurt from both Philadelphia and Charlotte, giving customers a choice of four daily non-stop flights from the East Coast.
The seasonal flights supplement existing year-round service to 12 destinations in Europe and the Middle East.