A deluxe meal in coach?
US Airways this month introduced a new DineFresh premium meal option for passengers on select flights to Europe, the Middle East and South America, a first for any U.S. airline.
Passengers can opt for one of two upgraded meals — a vegetarian dish consisting of a Caprese salad with balsamic dressing, Mediterranean-style appetizer, portobello mushroom tortellini and turtle cheesecake for dessert, or a protein meal of citrus-marinated chicken skewers, seasonal grilled vegetables, classic shrimp cocktail and creme brulee cheesecake for dessert. Both options come with a complimentary glass of wine.
The premium options are priced at $19.99 and must be reserved at least 24-hours in advance of eligible flights. DineFresh meals are in addition to the airline's current complimentary meal offerings in economy class on international flights.
"With this new option, US Airways becomes the first U.S.-based carrier to offer a premium meal experience for customers in the main cabin," says Hector Adler, vice president of inflight services in a press release.
If a flight you've booked offers the upgraded meals, US Airways will send an email noting the availability and link you to the order page on their website.
US Airways also introduced several new items to MarketPlace, its selection of snacks, meals and beverages available for purchase on domestic and international flights. They added Shock Top (a Belgian-style wheat ale), sparkling wine, Brent and Sam's chocolate chip cookies, Emerald whole cashews and the original Chex Mix.