All Business Class
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.