I generally try not to report unconfirmed news, though I’ll make an exception here. Someone in this FlyerTalk thread reported receiving pajamas in first class on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to London. Furthermore, they’re apparently now offering “turndown service” which includes a real mattress pad.
It might not sound all that significant to some, but this is the first time in a while I’ve seen a US airline really invest in their international premium cabin product, minus the seats themselves.
I flew American first class from Miami to London and back in June, and I’ll be starting my trip report on that next week. The most frustrating thing about the experience for me was the lack of decent bedding. Having flown Qantas first class the week before and having enjoyed their amazing bedding (the best in the sky, as far as I’m concerned), I was disappointed by the fact that American only offered a single pillow and blanket, the same they offer in business class. After dinner I asked the purser if they had any mattress pads/comforters, and he looked at me as if I was from a different planet.
So I’m hoping the above post is correct. And for you United flyers, if American does this I can almost guarantee United will match…