La Compagnie, an all-business class airline operating transatlantic flights between New York and France, is now flying their brand new A321neo. The Airbus A321LR is an upgrade to La Compagnie’s current 757s and will offer an enhanced onboard experience that is sure to attract more customers.
La Compagnie ordered two A321neo aircraft in 2017. These aircraft were to be an upgrade to the 757s La Compagnie offers. In addition, they would allow the airline to carry more passengers and achieve greater fuel efficiency.
La Compagnie first reported that the A321neo would enter service on June 6th, 2019. Instead, the A321neo operated a few flights between Paris and New York starting on May 31st. However, it doesn’t seem like the A321neo will operate any additional flights prior to June 6th, 2019. From then onwards, it is scheduled to fly between Paris and New York.
To celebrate the A321neo launch, La Compagnie offered a contest. They announced some short routes in Europe as a “tour” of the new aircraft. For the contest, participants would have to take photographs of the new A321neo and upload them online. Then, the best photograph would be selected. La Compagnie announced two winners, which presented some a stunning images.
The onboard experience
The 757 is an aging aircraft. La Compagnie’s 757s offer angle-flat business class seats in a 2-2 configuration. Though once a comfortable business class product, nowadays, lie-flat is becoming the norm. In fact, more and more airlines are starting to add doors on business class seats.
Onboard your A321LR flight, you’ll find business class arranged in a 2-2 configuration. The seats are BE Aerospace Diamond lie-flats that are slightly angled. These seats should offer more privacy than the 757 seats. Furthermore, with the new A321neos technological advancements, you’ll likely notice a quieter cabin and an improved experience. Here’s an interesting VR experience of the cabin posted by La Compagnie:
If you’re flying La Compagnie’s A321neo, you’ll likely enjoy the hard product. Full-service carriers like United and some Qatar aircraft offer the same kind of onboard product, and on a long-haul flight between Paris and New York, you’ll likely have a decent experience.
Once more A321neos enter the fleet, hopefully La Compagnie will be able to retire their 757s and operate all lie-flat aircraft. In addition, if La Compagnie can decrease their fuel expenditures, they may be able to offer even lower fares on a very premium market.
For those of us paying out of pocket for flights, La Compagnie’s business class could be a cheap and comfortable way to enjoy a leisure flight to Paris.
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