New Airline to Offer Business-Class-Only Flights from New York to Paris

By Paul Riegler on 19 June 2014
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DSC_0302La Compagnie, a new French airline, unveiled plans to offer nearly-daily flights linking New York’s Newark International Airport and Paris Charles De Gaulle.

The airline’s sole aircraft, a Boeing 757, will have 74 angled lie-flat seats in a 2-2 configuration.  It plans to acquire a second 757 at the end of 2014.

According to a statement released by the company, the flights will have “stylishly-dressed” flight attendants and Caudelie amenity kits.

Flights will depart Paris at 5:50 p.m. local time and arrive in Newark at 8:30 p.m.  The aircraft will be on the ground for a mere 75 minutes before the flight to Paris departs at 9:45 p.m.

The new airline is the latest in a long line of attempts to offer all-business-class transatlantic service.  Eos, Maxjet, Silverjet, and the original OpenSkies were unsuccessful in their endeavors.  Co-founder and deputy CEO Peter Luethi defends the airlines attempt to enter the market:

“In the all business airline world, the only model which worked was the one implemented at L’Avion. This was during a period roughly eight years ago, when the market was quite different, and the differentiation between the different similar airlines was not given. Today’s market has turned very prosperous based on certain consolidations within the airline industry. While many business classes have been upgraded, so have the prices. The model of La Compagnie is a combination of cost-based pricing and a business class which prides itself on comfort, efficiency and a smaller aircraft which provides more privacy for the clients.”

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