Update: It seems as if the La Compagnie London to Newark inaugural isn’t delayed, as I’ve gotten my dates mixed up a bit. The service was initially announced to launch in March, though they’ve only ever loaded flights starting April 24, 2015. So everything looks on schedule as of now!
La Compagnie is the French airline which launched commercial service 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 offering a (not so great) business class product basically at economy class prices.
In late January La Compagnie announced that they would launch flights between Newark and London as of March 29, 2015.
Ultimately this represented a change in business plan for them — initially La Compagnie was going to add additional frequencies between Newark and Paris, but I guess the demand wasn’t there, so they figured they’d give London a shot instead.
They published amazing ~$1,000 roundtrip business class fares on the route, which is crazy cheap. I encouraged people to book this, since you can barely get economy for that price on the route, let alone business class.
Anyway, I plan on giving La Compagnie another shot on the new flight between Newark and London. So I went to their website to look up fares today, and noticed something interesting when I searched.
When you enter Newark to London on the website it now shows April 24, 2015, as the first date on which the route is bookable.
Given their track record, my guess is that the new service is delayed until at least April 24, 2015. And I’d guess that’s optimistic.
The good news is that they’re required to rebook you on another airline if the service is delayed, and I’d expect them to rebook you in business class as well. So this might just be the cheapest mileage earning business class ticket you ever booked between the US and UK. 😉
Have you booked a La Compagnie ticket between Newark and London for travel before April 24, 2015? If so, have they contacted you yet?