16 NOVEMBER 2015
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The French ‘Business Class only’ carrier La Compagnie will add to its Luton – Newark New York service with a Tuesday flight into 2016. At present it operates daily except Tuesday and Saturday. Said to be a “boutique airline” La Compagnie operates a 74-seat single class Boeing 757. Passengers gain a lie-flat seat and AppleIpads connected to the aircraft's built-in entertainment centre.
Already a success in Paris Charles de Gaulle, where it also flies daily to Newark, the airline introduced the Luton flights on 4 April this year. Chief Executive is Franz Yvelin, a 39-year old Frenchman who sold his original L'Avion Paris – New York airline to BA for £54m in 2008 who turned it into Open Skies.
Yvelin says that he is achieving an 80% load factor on the Paris operation and 60% from Luton. 90% of the business comes from recommendations with 60% on business trips, the balance leisure and family. La Compagnie fares start at US$2,500 return for two New York – London, about one third of the cost of a legacy carrier. The airline uses the former Virgin Atlantic lounge at Newark. www.lacompagnie.com
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