2 MAY 2016
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French airline La Compagnie was in celebration mood last week as it marked the first anniversary of launching its Business Class-only service between Luton and New York Newark.
The five-times-weekly service – daily except Tuesdays and Fridays – is operated by B757-200 with 74 seats that convert to angled flatbeds.
Passengers have access to lounges before their flights and inflight entertainment is provided on individual tablets.
The carrier was founded as DreamJet in 2013 by French entrepreneurs wanting to form an all-Business Class airline to fly between Europe and the US.
The company later changed its name to La Compagnie and operated its first scheduled revenue flight under this name on 21 July 2014.
Designed with a low-cost structure to offer fares lower than those of legacy carriers, the initial flights were between Paris and New York.
The company's CEO is Frantz Yvelin, the founder of L’Avion which was sold to the British Airways subsidiary Open Skies, and the deputy CEO is Peter Luethi, a former CEO of the Indian airline Jet Airways.
It launched its second scheduled service between Luton and Newark on 24 April last year. www.lacompagnie.com
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