La Compagnie has appointed Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) to support its first-ever venture into the air cargo market.
It has awarded WFS a three-year contract to handle cargo onboard its Airbus A321LR services from Paris Orly to Newark International Airport, which will increase from the current four flights a week to seven in September.
This is the first time La Compagnie has carried cargo onboard its business passenger services. Depending on the number of passengers, each flight is expected to carry up to 3.5 tonnes to and from France and the US.
WFS also holds ground handling contracts with La Compagnie in Newark for its passenger and ramp services to Paris Orly and Nice.
La Compagnie, the boutique business-class airline flying between France and New York will suspend all operations on March 18.
The airline issued this statement:
In light of President Trump’s recent restrictions on travel between Europe and the U.S., effective March 13 at midnight for a period of 30 days, the all-business class, French boutique airline La Compagnie is forced to reassess its flight schedule for the upcoming months.
As such, La Compagnie will continue to operate its normal schedule of flights through March 18, 2020 to ensure French and American passengers who are currently traveling are able to return to their destination of origin. However, only American citizens and permanent legal residents and their families will be able/permitted to travel from Paris Orly between March 14 and March 18 2020.
Due to the decrease in activity and demand and to ensure La Compagnie does not operate flights that are primarily empty, the airline has taken measures to suspend the entirety of its scheduled flights from March 18 to April 12, 2020. Once the travel restrictions from Europe to the U.S. are lifted—currently scheduled for April 15, 2020—La Compagnie will resume with one daily flight between Paris and New York.
Furthermore, the launch of the seasonal New York-Nice service is being pushed to June 1, 2020.
All passengers scheduled to travel on flights that have been cancelled will be individually contacted in the coming days and will be offered alternative flights and options to postpone or cancel their travel arrangements. In addition, La Compagnie will be extending passengers who have booked flights scheduled between now and May 31 the option to reschedule their travel plans at no cost or to issue vouchers that may be redeemed within the next year.
While La Compagnie plans to resume normal operations June 1, 2020, the airline will continue to monitor the outbreak and the impact it has on air travel as the airline’s top priority is to ensure safe flights for its passengers and employees.
Launched in July 2014, La Compagnie is an exclusively business-class boutique airline operating regularly scheduled transatlantic flights between New York (Newark International Airport) and Paris (Paris Orly Airport) and seasonal service between New York (Newark International Airport) and Nice (Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport).
La Compagnie on D Day (June 6) launched service between Paris (Orly and Newark with its first Airbus A321neo.
The new Airbus A321s will replace the older Boeing 757-200s.
Airbus also made this announcement:
The first single-aisle A321neo destined for La Compagnie, an exclusively business-class French airline operating scheduled transatlantic flights, commence transatlantic services on June 6 from Paris Orly Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport.
On lease from GECAS, La Compagnie’s A321neo is powered by CFM International LEAP 1A new generation engines and features a business class only cabin with 76 full flat seats, offering passengers unmatched comfort. The cabin also includes a high level of connectivity onboard.
With this brand new A321neo, La Compagnie becomes the latest A321neo operator. The airline has two new A321neo aircraft on order.
La Compagnie’s A321neo will be presented on the Airbus static display at the Paris Air Show on June 18 (professional day).
The A320neo and its derivative aircraft family members are the world’s best-selling single aisle aircraft with over 6,500 orders from over 100 customers since its launch in 2010. It has pioneered and incorporated the latest technologies, including its new generation engines and the industry’s reference cabin design, delivering 20 percent fuel cost savings alone. The A320neo also offers significant environmental benefits with nearly a 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft.
Top Copyright Photo: La Compagnie Airbus A321-251NX WL F-HBUZ (msn 8866) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 946596.
La Compagnie aircraft slide show:
Video: With the new A321neo from La Compagnie, fly business class like never before. On board, you’ll find 76 full flat seats that fully recline into beds, a state-of-the-art entertainment system and Free, unlimited Internet access for all passengers. Discover this one-of-a-kind plane, wholly dedicated to the business class experience. The Plane to Be. Illustrated by Gaetan Heuzé.
La Compagnie, the exclusively business-class boutique airline offering two daily flights between New York and Paris, has partnered with Viasat Inc., a global communications company, to equip La Compagnie’s brand-new, all business-class Airbus A321neo aircraft with high-speed Wi-Fi capabilities. Deployment of the new in-flight Wi-Fi service is scheduled for April 2019—making unlimited in-flight connectivity available to all 76 passengers onboard.
La Compagnie’s exclusively business-class A321neo aircraft are scheduled to operate between New York and Paris from April 2019. They will also be equipped with 76 full flat seats for an even more comfortable business-class experience.
Three years after launching as an exclusively business-class boutique airline with trans-Atlantic routes on July 4 2014, and a year since doubling its daily flights between New York and Paris, La Compagnie is accelerating its development with an order of two Airbus A321neo aircrafts. This investment in the new Airbus aircraft marks a major milestone for the still-young boutique airline, revealing stable growth and progressive future development.
Due for delivery in 2019, the thoroughly modern, efficient and eco-friendly A321neos will take La Compagnie’s in-flight business-class experience to new heights with the latest technologies, Wi-Fi service and “full-flat” beds, ensuring passengers are well-connected and well-rested upon arrival in New York or Paris.
The choice of the French aeronautical firm Airbus, which is headquartered in Blagnac and has manufacturing facilities across Europe and around the world, strengthens La Compagnie’s “French-in-spirit” philosophy that has made the carrier so desirable for intercontinental passengers.
The two Airbus A321neos will be introduced to the La Compagnie fleet in 2019 with a full business-class configuration and the most attractive fares on the market.
La Compagnie (Paris-CDG) today enters the very competitive London – New York area market. The French boutique upscale carrier commences Boeing 757-200 services today between Luton Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport with Boeing 757-256 F-HTAG (msn 29307).
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by La Compagnie). Former Thomson Airways Boeing 757-204 F-HCIE (msn 27208, ex G-BYAT) remains at Southend as it is prepared for service.