La Com­pag­nie

All Busi­ness Class

Business Traveler (USA) - - TRIED & TESTED -

space. For di­rect aisle ac­cess, choose C or D. Row 15 is near­est the wash­rooms, and Rows 1 and 20 are by the gal­leys.

Take-off was at 1800. At 1830 a Piper Hei­d­sieck ad­ver­tise­ment played on the over­head screens, and menus were handed out for a spe­cial cham­pagne and food pair­ing, with three types of Piper Hei­d­sieck served – Cu­vée Brut,Vin­tage 2006 and Rare Milles­ime 2002. La Com­pag­nie hosts show­cases like this about once a month. At 1900 I was given a glass of fizz; din­ner was served shortly af­ter.

My pre-or­dered veg­e­tar­ian meal com­prised a cold roasted veg­etable salad (noth­ing spe­cial), fruit, a roll and an unin­spired chick­pea curry with a choice of one white and one red wine – Bour­gogne Chardon­nay la Part des Anges, and Saint Emil­ion Château la Bien­fai­sance. The main menu listed con­fit duck and seared tuna, fol­lowed by cheese and dessert. Crewmem­bers were po­lite and hard­work­ing, if some­what lack­ing in con­fi­dence and warmth.

The pic­ture qual­ity on the tablets was su­perb and there was a pretty good choice of films. The cabin lights went out at 2100, and I re­clined the seat to get some rest. The lights came back on at 0030 and af­ter­noon tea was served.

We landed on time, dis­em­barked via jet bridge and walked eight min­utes to im­mi­gra­tion, which was empty.

La Com­pag­nie has come up with a VIP con­cept that will suit the busi­ness trav­eler on a bud­get – its busi­ness class prices are very com­pet­i­tive.You won’t get a fully-flat bed, hun­dreds of movies, on­board WiFi or top­notch food and wine choices. But what it does de­liver is a tran­quil cabin and a com­fort­able prod­uct.

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