New Transatlantic Business-Class Airline La Compagnie Debuts
A new business-class-only airline offering flights between Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport and the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey (located about 15 miles from Manhattan) is debuting this summer. La Compagnie will have four or five regularly scheduled weekly flights between the two cities throughout the season, with its inaugural flight set to depart from Paris on Friday, July 11, at 5:50 pm and arrive in Newark at 8:30 pm the same day. All subsequent Newark-bound flights will follow this schedule, while those headed for Paris will depart Newark at 9:45 pm and touch down at 11:15 pm. Ticket prices start from $1,445.
Developed by two entrepreneurs, the new airline is geared toward travelers who fly for business, providing personalized service and perks like stress-free luggage policies (each guest can check in two 70-pound bags), Samsung Galaxy Pro 12-inch tablets preloaded with 50 hours of entertainment that changes monthly, Caudalie skin-care products, and, by fall, free Wi-Fi for all passengers. The in-flight menu will feature seasonal dishes developed by the Michelin-starred chef Christophe Langrée.
All of the cabin’s 74 seats can recline 180 degrees, and each is equipped with a USB port, a power outlet, and a Mood Light system for customized lighting. The airline currently has one customized blue Boeing 757-200, with a range of about 4,500 miles, and is set to expand in December with a second 757-200. La Compagnie plans to offer other transatlantic routes in the future. (www.lacompagnie.com)