The French business-class-only airline La Compagnie has recently launched a direct service from London to New York at the end of April, with regular fares costing from £1,549 return – all prices that are unparalleled on this route.
Flights depart from London Luton Airport and land at Newark International. Flying on a Boeing 757-200, customers will be allocated one of 74 fully lie-flat seats set in a 2×2 configuration – aircraft of this size usually accommodate about 235 passengers. Menus are made by French chef Christophe Langrée, who has previously been in service at Hotel Matignon, the residence of France’s prime minister.
Amenity kits will be provided by French cosmetics brand Caudalie, and cabin crew uniforms are provided by French fashion house Vicomte A – women’s uniforms feature culotte shorts rather than skirts or trousers.
La Compagnie already operates business-class-only flights between Paris and New York, which commenced service last summer. The airline was launched in October 2013 by L’Avion founder Frantz Yvelin with assistance from former Swissair and JetAirways COO Peter Luethi.
It is expected that La Compagnie’s main clientele will be business travellers, but families and shoppers are likely to find the service appealing too, not least because each passenger is permitted to take two 32kg bags on their journey as part of their included luggage allowance.