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Ever since Concorde touched down in London for the last time, luxury travel between the world’s most popular long-haul routes has never been the same. Business-class-only flights between London to New York have been attempted by exclusive airlines including Eos, MaxJet and Silverjet, only to close a few short years after opening.
Hoping to do what easyJet and Ryanair did for economy 15 years ago, La Compagnie is a new airline launched only last month. Their mission is to re-package business-class air travel between Paris and London to New York for a fraction of the cost. Return flights can be purchased for £1100 which, if you’ve ever travelled business class before, is almost unheard of.
The new airline offering business-class-only flights provides outstanding service at economy prices. Launched by aviation experts Frantz Yvelin and Peter Luethi, the La Compagnie fleet consists of two Boeing 757-200’s with all economy seats removed and replaced with 74 flat-beds.
“Le Compagnie does not offer the best business class, it offers the cheapest” as CEO Frantz Yvelin puts it. That being said, the facilities and quality while on board is above and beyond economy and premium economy seats. All passengers can recline in style and play on their personal Samsung tablet, fully equipped with an adequate selection of music, film and TV. In flight food consists of lobster salads, salmon and lamb all washed down with French champagne.
Flights depart from Luton and fly to Newark, which for those well versed in travelling business class, may be slightly disappointing. The smaller airports do not have the most lavish business class lounges, but they are easily accessible and due to expand.
Concorde was certainly faster and more glamorous, however Le Compagnie is offering something entirely different – a comfortable and luxurious long haul flight for a fraction of the cost of a typical business class flight. Only time will tell if Le Compagnie will be a success, but we wish them all the best in revolutionising business-class air travel.