La Compagnie's all-business A321neo New York-Paris flights start June

La Compagnie's all-business A321neo New York-Paris flights start June

French boutique airline La Compagnie ('The Company') is set to sharpen its appeal to corporate travellers and high flyers jetting between New York and Paris on new Airbus A321neo all-business class jets from June 2019.

This first of two A321neo single-aisle sprinters will arrive in May and take up trans-Atlantic duties from June 6 on La Compagnie's business-friendly 'corporate' flights departing New York-adjacent Newark at 7.30pm to reach Paris' Orly Airport at 8.20am the next morning (and the 10.30am / 1.10pm return leg).

Each of the two factory-fresh A321neos will sport 76 fully lie-flat seats from tip to tail.

The seats – based on the popular same Rockwell Collins Diamond design – are a definite upgrade from the angled 'sloping sleepers' of La Compagnie's current and rather crusty Boeing 757s, although they retain a 2-2 configuration.

Each passenger will be treated to a 15-inch touchscreen for inflight entertainment, paired with noise-cancelling headphones, and when it's time to grab some shut-eye on the seven hour flight, the flat bed is fitted with a mattress topper.

La Compagnie will also provide free unlimited broadband WiFi above the clouds, piped through the new ViaSat-2 satellite.

"We want our passengers to experience the internet just like they do at home or in the office," suggests Jean Charles Périno, EVP of Sales and Marketing for La Compagnie. "Our mission is to make business-class more accessible to everyone at the most attractive fare."

Also read: What it’s like to travel on an all-business-class flight

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

15 comments

  • Bernoulli

    Bernoulli

    26 Sep, 2018 09:37 am

    Now that's the way to configure a narrowbody!
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  • Mrminivee

    Mrminivee

    26 Sep, 2018 09:52 am

    Great stuff, however I feel the Apex Suite would be better suited for a 2-2 config.
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    JKH

  • Alvin Tse

    074061

    26 Sep, 2018 01:41 pm

    I agree – an Apex Suite-configured narrowbody would be spectacular. That would basically be a longer version of Korean Air's 747-8 upper deck, which I've flown, and is spectacular.

    However it's important to consider the sub-US$1,600 RT prices that La Compagnie is offering. These planes are even more densely configured than their previous angled lie-flat configuration. They are fitting in 76 seats here, while their longer 757s had 74 seats. That's the only way they can turn a profit. Apex Suites take up a LOT of space with the "mini-aisles" that are created for the window seats to access the aisle. A 62-inch pitch would be impossible.

    Nevertheless, I agree that hopefully one day we'll see another, more premium, less low-cost focused airline offering Apex Suites on their narrowbodies one day!
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  • StudiodeKadent

    StudiodeKadent

    16 Feb, 2019 12:16 pm

    You could actually have something like an Apex Suite but increase the density substantially by using Formation Design's "Passage" Suites (think like a hybrid of Apex Suites and BA's Club World). Not to mention, Aviointeriors offers 5-abreast flatbeds with direct aisle access in narrowbodies (their Adagio product), and the Thompson Vantage Solo can give fully flat beds with direct aisle access as well (and at only slightly less density than the Diamond product La Compagnie is using).

    Nonetheless this is a pretty sexy narrowbody jet and I hope that La Compagnie enjoys much success with it!
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  • anthony watts

    anthony watts

    26 Sep, 2018 10:28 am

    Would be worth giving a go, if, big if, the NEO is quieter than standard 321.
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  • IntegralMan

    IntegralMan

    15 Feb, 2019 03:21 pm

    Newer engines are generally quieter than the predecessors.
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  • Chris McKellar

    krisdude

    16 Feb, 2019 07:48 am

    The A321neo is quieter than the A321ceo.
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  • johnaboxall

    johnaboxall

    26 Sep, 2018 10:36 am

    *sigh* flashback to OzJet.
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  • moa999

    moa999

    15 Feb, 2019 04:07 pm

    Albeit with an efficient new jet, rather than a well used hand me down
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  • Morgan Judd

    Mjudd

    26 Sep, 2018 10:42 am

    Let's hope Virgin can replicate this in their transcontinental 737s :)
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  • StudiodeKadent

    StudiodeKadent

    26 Sep, 2018 05:54 pm

    I think Virgin Australia will try to retain direct aisle access though. This design makes direct aisle access impossible.
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  • Jason Hamilton

    JKH

    26 Sep, 2018 08:19 pm

    Great to see lie-flat J/C is more than achievable on NB aircraft. A petty that Euro carriers can’t even get proper J/C seats on their aircraft at all.
    Gold medal to the airline that comes up with lie-flat direct aisle access for all J pax though. Perhaps like BA’s latest (not the old school version) outboard forward/rearward twins of seats on either side of the NB aircraft?
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  • kimshep

    kimshep

    15 Feb, 2019 10:44 am

    I am hugely surprised by this move. Certainly, a great fitout of the A321NEO no doubt, but how long will this service operate? There is already some talk that BA may consider the axing of their NB LCY-JFK-LCY and if you have trouble making this work, then ORY-EWR-ORY has got to be somewhat suspect.

    I hope that I am wrong and that La Compagnie can make this work profitably - but it will undoubtedly be a route to watch.

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  • Russjking

    Russjking

    15 Feb, 2019 11:11 pm

    I flew on their 757 from London Luton to Newark. Very impressive to get such a good seat and service at a third of usual business class fares. At the time they were not the most reliable as they only had two planes. I had no problems.
    Kimshep is right to point out the risks of this venture, as closing the Luton-Newark route showed. Hope they make it though.
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  • Chris McKellar

    krisdude

    16 Feb, 2019 07:52 am

    Is it a standard A321neo or the A321lr? It would make sense to use the A321lr for trans Atlantic travel.
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26 May, 2019 09:33 am

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