A new all-business class airline is set to take off next month with daily flights that will shuttle jetsetters between Paris and New York.
Pitched as a premium transatlantic service with competitive pricing, the Boeing 757-200, which normally holds 230 passengers, has been modified to fit 74 seats.
Flyers will be given Samsung Galaxy Pro 12-inch tablet for their in-flight entertainment and fed by Michelin-starred French chef Christophe Langrée, whose CV includes stints at the Hotel Matignon, the official residence of the prime minister of France, and Faust, a recently opened restaurant under the Pont Alexandre III in Paris.
Passengers flying La Compagnie will depart Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 5:50 pm, and arrive the same day at Newark airport at 8:30 pm.
Flights out of New York, meanwhile, depart at 9:45 pm and arrive the next day in Paris 11:30 am.
Amenities like face and eye creams and lip balm are supplied by Caudalie, a French 'vinotherapy' skin care line based on the antioxidant properties of grape seed polyphenols
La Compagnie is hoping to succeed where others have failed. As Forbes.com points out, Eos, Maxjet and Silverjet also launched with the similar goal of running as transatlantic business class-only airlines, and all were eventually grounded.
Though La Compagnie has yet to launch, airline pundits have already been quick to point out a glaring deficit: the fact that seats are angled-flat seats, a potential deal-breaker given that Air France recently unveiled a new La Premiere cabin featuring four private suites with flat beds.
Similarly, British Airways' OpenSkies runs premium flights between New York and Paris that feature lie-flat beds at rates for as low as $1,120 USD.
La Compagnie is launching a special promotional offer of â‚¬1,776 for two people, good for return flights between July 11 and September 5. Bookings must be made before Aug. 15.
Flights begin July 11.
For more information, visit lacompagnie.com.