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La Compagnie to Celebrate a Decade of Redefining Transatlantic Travel

The all-business-class airline is about to celebrate ten years of crossing the North Atlantic

by Enrique Perrella

April 29, 2024

Photo: La Compagnie, Airbus A321LR. Courtesy of Matteo Legnani.

La Compagnie, the unique all-business-class transatlantic airline that combines comfort, style, and innovation in transatlantic travel, is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Since its inauguration on July 21, 2014, the airline has been committed to providing an exclusive all-business-class flight experience between New York and Paris, redefining luxury travel with its unique service and competitive pricing.

The airline’s success has led to its growth and expansion, launching additional transatlantic services, including flights between Newark Liberty International Airport and Milan Malpensa and seasonal service to Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport.

To celebrate its ten years of operation in the North Atlantic, the carrier is launching new partnerships and products that will enhance the experience of its premium passengers. Despite operating in one of the busiest and most competitive markets, the airline’s distinctive and niche-oriented service continues to provide one of the most unique airline products in the world.

Game-Changing Airbus A321LR

La Compagnie continues to set the standard for transatlantic flights with its business model focused on luxurious and business-oriented travel. Since its launch in 2014, the airline operated its luxurious transatlantic flights with Boeing 757 aircraft.

Since June 2019, however, La Compagnie retired the Boeing workhorse and embraced the new, cutting-edge Airbus A321neo single-aisle jet, which came with important fuel-saving enhancements, as well as an all-new cabin with upgraded products and services.

Photo: La Compagnie, Airbus A321LR. Courtesy of La Compagnie.

With its advanced technology and fuel-efficient design, this aircraft not only reduces environmental impact but also enhances passenger comfort. As CEO Christian Vernet aptly puts it, “The Airbus A321neo represents the future of aviation, and we are proud to be at the forefront of this transformation.”

Private Cabin Ambiance

Stepping aboard La Compagnie’s cabin, passengers can immediately sense the air of exclusivity and sophistication. With just 76 seats arranged in a 2-2 configuration, each passenger enjoys personalized service and ample personal space.

Photo: La Compagnie, Airbus A321LR. Courtesy of Matteo Legnani.

As Chief Customer Experience Officer Marie-Ange de la Cressonnière remarks, “Our cabin is designed to evoke a sense of luxury and tranquility, ensuring that every journey with La Compagnie is an unforgettable experience.”

La Compagnie has designed every seat to meet the passengers’ needs and provide them with the ultimate comfort during their journey. The seats can be reclined to form a perfectly horizontal bed long enough to accommodate even the tallest passengers.

Photo: La Compagnie, Airbus A321LR. Courtesy of La Compagnie.

A thick and soft overlay ensures that passengers can rest comfortably, along with anti-allergenic pillows, large soft covers, and a travel care amenity kit that includes hydrating products from Caudalie to safeguard their well-being throughout the journey.

Each seat has a reading lamp, compartments for personal items and electronics, an electrical outlet, a headphone jack, and a document pouch.

Inflight Entertainment

Each passenger can indulge in an immersive, personalized inflight entertainment experience with a 15.6-inch seat-mounted screen display. The screen display offers an extensive range of movies, including timeless classics, indie favorites, and the latest releases to cater to every taste.

Moreover, the airline’s music library has also been expertly curated to ensure maximum enjoyment throughout the flight. To ensure complete comfort, noise-canceling headsets are provided to all passengers.

Photo: La Compagnie, Airbus A321LR. Courtesy of La Compagnie.

Inflight Wi-Fi connectivity is free and unlimited, allowing passengers to stay connected and entertained throughout their journey using their devices.

The curated content portal offers a vast array of newspapers, magazines, and a news channel to keep passengers informed and up-to-date. Furthermore, an e-shop is available on the flight, where passengers can enjoy exclusive sales of premium brands throughout the journey.

La Compagnie Culinary Delights

In its ten years of crossing the Atlantic, no journey with La Compagnie is complete without experiencing its renowned culinary offerings.

Renowned chef Christophe Langrée, who has been with the airline since its inception, ensures every meal is a masterpiece of French gastronomy. “Our cuisine is a reflection of the rich culinary heritage of France,” says Langrée. “From the seasonal ingredients to the meticulous preparation, each dish is crafted with passion and dedication.”

Photo: La Compagnie, Airbus A321LR cabin service. Courtesy of La Compagnie.

Passengers can indulge in a 4-course menu on flights between Paris/Nice and New York, featuring a cold starter, a choice of hot dishes, a cheese plate, and a delectable dessert.

For overnight flights from New York to Paris/Nice, a light snack is served to ensure passengers have the freedom to rest, followed by a complete breakfast before landing.

With menus refreshed monthly and guest chefs contributing their signature dishes, La Compagnie promises a culinary journey above the clouds.

Wine & Meditation

La Compagnie’s partnership with Bettane+Desseauve ensures that every journey aspect is elevated to new heights. “We believe that a great meal deserves a great wine,” says Thierry Desseauve, founder of Bettane+Desseauve. “That’s why we’ve curated a selection of 100% organic wines to complement La Compagnie’s exquisite menus, allowing passengers to savor the perfect pairing at 33,000 feet.”

Photo: La Compagnie, Airbus A321LR cabin service. Courtesy of La Compagnie.

But the luxury experience doesn’t end there. La Compagnie also offers a meditation channel through Petit Bambou, allowing passengers to relax and unwind amidst the hustle and bustle of air travel. “We understand the importance of holistic well-being,” says Martin. “That’s why we’ve partnered with Petit Bambou to offer passengers a moment of tranquility and mindfulness during their journey.”

Airport Lounges

The newest addition to La Compagnie’s airport lounge portfolio, the LOUNGE&CO at Newark, epitomizes luxury and sophistication. Conveniently located in Terminal B of the airport, a private elevator delivers passengers to the lap of pre-flight luxury.

Photo: Lounge&Co at Newark Liberty International Airport. Courtesy of La Compagnie

With a well-appointed bar, gourmet cuisine, and complimentary Wi-Fi, the LOUNGE&CO offers a tranquil oasis amidst the bustling airport environment. Meticulously appointed shower facilities and luggage storage ensure a worry-free travel experience, allowing passengers to relax and unwind before embarking on their journey.

“Our lounges are designed to provide a seamless and relaxing pre-flight experience,” says Chief Airport Experience Officer Julien Martin. “From gourmet cuisine to premium amenities, every aspect is tailored to ensure our passengers feel pampered and rejuvenated before their journey.”

With ten years of flying under its belt, La Compagnie continues to redefine luxury travel with its relentless commitment to excellence and innovation. Every aspect of the journey is designed to exceed expectations, from the state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo to the indulgent in-flight services and exclusive airport lounges.