I have only had the good fortune of flying business class once, many moons ago I was travelling solo to Jamaica and I was fortunate to receive a free upgrade. My flight was blissful; plenty of leg room, Molton Brown toiletries, free-flowing Kir Royale cocktails, a decent bathroom that smelt fragrant for the whole duration of my eight hour flight – this NEVER happens in economy. Oh did I mention the yummy snacks and being able to eat my meals off ceramic plates as opposed to the standard prison issue trays in economy. I like to think that my foray into business class wasn’t a one –off, but alas upgrades for me are sadly not a recurrence. Fortunately the launch of La Compagnie’s affordable business class will enable me the chance to relive my business class fantasy.
French airline La Compagnie was founded in October 2013 by two aviation veterans; Franz Yvelin (founder of L’Avion) and Peter Luethi (former COO at Swissair and JetAirways). La Compagnie was launched in July 2014 as an all business class airline offering regular scheduled flights from Paris (Charles de Gaulle) and New York (Newark Airport). A new route from London (Luton Airport) to New York launches in April 2015; tickets went on sale from the 3rd February. Special launch fares are priced at just £1,007 – ‘Duo Intro’ return fare for two people travelling together including all taxes, this offer is limited for the first 500 travellers. A ‘Solo Intro’ fare per person for a £649 round trip with all taxes included also forms part of the introductory offer.
La Compagnie’s ethos of providing accessible business class is further explained by CEO and Co-Founder Franz Yvelin:
“It is time to bring business class air service back to where it belongs, where personalised service is offered at respectable fares .
“La Compagnie is becoming the go –to choice of the current generation of hard –working business travellers who demand something more from air transportation.”
Although the fares are distinctively no –frills in relation to the general cost of business class air travel, the in-flight amenities typify luxury business travel; cosmetic products from natural French skincare brand Caudalie, gourmet meals made with seasonal ingredients created by acclaimed French Chef Christophe Langrée. In –flight entertainment comes courtesy of Samsung Galaxy Pro 12” tablets, uploaded with a vast array of e-books, magazines, music and current movies.
For bookings or further information about the airline currently disrupting luxury travel please visit: www.lacompagnie.com/uk