Today saw Boutique Airline La Compagnie reveal its new A321 product, which will start flying early next year. In April 2019, La Compagnie will become the first french airline to operate the Airbus A321neo. More efficient, less noisy and more sustainable than its 757 fleet currently operating the transatlantic Paris-New York city pair, this aircraft will help keep costs down while offering an enhanced experience to passengers.
The airline is the last all-business class transatlantic companies to keep flying, surviving a myriad of operators including MAXjet and EOS, who stopped flying almost a decade ago.
Its success could be pinned to the airline’s modest growth plans, concentrated its efforts on Paris and New York, and even though they attempted London a couple of years ago, they were quick to pull out the market when it didn’t prove successful. The airline has managed to survive rising fuel prices and this new aircraft will make the product even more appealing given its affordable price-tag.
The airline opted to go with fairly standard off-the-shelf BE Aerospace Diamond Business Class seats in a 2 x 2 configuration. They aren’t the largest or most spacious (with a tight footwell), but do offer a flatbed, something that will appeal to passengers for a fairly short red-eye flight to Paris. The airline will includes a comfy over-mattress to increase comfort.
On entertainment side, passengers will be pleased to find out there’s no more trailing cables or small screens. The seats will offer new 15.7″ touchscreen entertainment system powered by Zodiac’s Rave system. Noice cancelling headsets will also be offered to passengers for better comfort. Appealing to business class passengers, the aircraft will also be equipped with unlimited High-Speed Wi-Fi supplied by Viasat.
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