I’ve had my fair share of fun with La Compagnie, the new all business class start up between Paris and Newark. I flew one of their first flights from Paris to Newark, and had an interesting flight, to put it mildly.
After the flight I had the opportunity to speak with La Compagnie’s Deputy CEO, who provided some interesting insight on their business plan and operations.
Anyway, my conclusion was that they don’t really offer a competitive business class product, though they offer a heck of a value based on their current prices. I paid 500EUR for my one-way ticket, which is less than any other airline was even charging for economy. Of course they’ll never turn a profit filling seats at those prices, but from our perspective as consumers it’s a heck of a deal.
The best deal of all is the introductory offer they’ve had, offering two roundtrip tickets for $2,014, including all taxes and fees.
~$1,000 per person between New York and Paris is cheap in economy, let alone in business class. Anyway, I think it’s worth noting that this fare is only available for a couple more days. The fare is bookable through August 30, 2014, for travel through September 15, 2014.
The fare is widely available, so if you’d like to pick up a couple of business class tickets to Paris for ~$1,000 per person over the coming weeks, this is a deal that’s really tough to beat.
Just come in with the right expectations and you’ll get an amazing value.
In terms of fares beyond the introductory promotional offer, I’m seeing fares of under $1,500 per person roundtrip. That’s still a good deal, in my opinion.
I’ve never actually questioned the value the airline offers for what they’re charging right now. I’ve only questioned their business model as such and their business class product compared to those offered by other airlines. Though as of now they’re continuing to undercut on price… by a lot.
Is anyone planning on hopping on one of these fares and trying La Compagnie?