20 APRIL 2015
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Next Friday (24 April) sees the introduction of a service by the French airline La Compagnie of a Business Class only service between Luton and Newark airports.
Initially flights will depart at 17:45 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Arrival at EWR is at 21:00 (all times local). Departures are at 22:30 on the same day, arriving at 10:30 the following morning. The timings are such that travellers can then night-stop ready for business the following day, and return that evening making it only for a single day away. The airline is also expected to pick up business from both easyJet and Wizz who fly into Luton from a myriad of European airports not directly connected to the United States.
Unlike the attempts of similar services in 2007 by Silverjet plus Eos and Maxjet at Stansted, La Compagnie has the advantage of being known in the New York market, already established at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport where it has been running Newark flights since July 2014.
French aviation entrepreneur Frantz Yvelin is the initiator of the service, was the founder of Paris-based L’Avion which was sold to British Airways and continues to operate under the title of Open Skies. He compares the new service to BA from London City, but La Compagnie is non-stop. www.lacompagnie.com
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M Preston, Dublin IE
It will be interesting to see how long this lasts, given the track record of previous similar ventures. A little bit of French arrogance and confidence may take them through the first few months but I doubt it will be a long-lasting venture. I await with interest.