La Compagnie is the French airline which launched flights around the middle of last year, offering all business class flights between Newark and Paris. Their launch was a bit hectic to say the least, though I also give them credit for staying true to their mission up until this point — they’re truly offering a (not so great) business class product basically at economy class prices.
So while my review of them wasn’t stellar in comparison to other business class products, I think they add a hell of a lot of value to the market. For the fares they’re charging, there’s simply no other airline that can compete with them. For example, right now they’re offering sub-$1,400 roundtrip business class fares between Newark and Paris.
Originally I gave them a few months at most, though I wasn’t factoring in fuel prices. It goes without saying that they can survive as long as the economy is doing well and fuel prices are where they are (when either of those factors change, though…).
Anyway, in December I wrote about how La Compagnie will be launching their second route. Initially their plan was to offer twice daily service between Newark and Paris, though it seems the demand isn’t there for that. Instead, they’ll be offering service between Newark and London Luton as well.
When I wrote about it in December they just had announced that the service would launch in “March 2014.”
Though based on a newsletter I received from La Compagnie last week, it appears as if La Compagnie’s Newark to London flight will launch on March 29, 2015. Furthermore, they claim that they’ll start accepting bookings as of “early February.”
Now, I’ll do everything I can to get on their inaugural flight, since I sure would love to fly them again. And I’d love for as many of you guys to join me as possible. So I’d say “mark your calendars” for March 29, though given La Compagnie’s track record for punctuality, I’d suggest using the faintest pencil ever in marking your calendars. 😉
So, who’s potentially interested? 🙂