La Compagnie's new lie-flat business class for the Airbus A321neo

La Compagnie's new lie-flat business class for the Airbus A321neo

La Compagnie will move to fully-flat business class beds on flights between New York and Paris in 2019 with the debut of two new Airbus A321neo jets on the route.

The boutique all-business class airline currently flies two older Boeing 757-200 fitted with just 74 angled seats which recline to 175 degrees.

However, the A321neos will upgrade the seven-hour transatlantic experience to fully lie-flat seats, along with inflight WiFi to keep connected above the clouds.

A spokeswoman for La Compagnie tells Australian Business Traveller that the airline is considering two different designs for the all-new seat, although it will retain the current 2-2 layout to see the A321neo fitted with either 76 or 80 seats.

Airlines typically configure the A321neo to carry around 200 passengers, which illustrates the relative luxury of an all business-class configuration.

La Compagnie's current Boeing 757 jets give passengers a 26 inch-wide seat – significantly more spacious than a business class on the Qantas A380, for example – with a generous 62 inch pitch.

La Compagnie – French for "The Company" – runs twice-daily flights between Gotham and the City of Lights and pampers its premium passengers with anti-allergenic pillows, large soft blankets, and a Caudalie travel care kit, along with restaurant-grade meals from renowned chefs.

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.
 

4 comments

  • Matt J

    MattJelonek

    22 Sep, 2017 01:22 pm

    Brilliant! I really wish they could fly from Europe to Asia as they were quoted last year... I'd fly to the Asian destination and onwards with La Compagnie.
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  • Jason

    cooper81

    23 Sep, 2017 02:30 am

    Great news.

    The problem with 'boutique' airlines like this is that they literally have a few older aircraft that are prone to technical issues so there is absolutely no slack in their operation if one aircraft has a technical issue.

    And because they do not form part of alliances etc they will generally refuse to reroute you on a different carrier when these kind of things happen.

    Hopefully things will improve with the 321's.
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  • mo

    mo

    23 Sep, 2017 11:23 pm

    La Compagnie's prices underscore just how much the major carriers must be making from their business fares. At prices a little over half the competition it is clear that this will be a disruptive product. Especially once La Compagnie gets lie-flat beds.
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  • Russjking

    Russjking

    6 Oct, 2017 05:25 pm

    I flew London (Luton) to New York (Newark) when they first started. It was a very good deal - cheaper and better service/seat than Premium Economy, about 1/3rd the prince of the main airlines business class. The seat was spacious and great going out (day time); for return (night) the angled seat was a tad annoying but I did sleep. Not full Business Class as we have come to expect but a very good service indeed: and a real joy by making London<> New York an easy do-able weekend away.
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