French all-business class carrier La Compagnie launched in 2013 with flights from Paris CDG to NewYork Newark, adding a five-times weekly Luton-Newark route last April. Timings are 1745 from Luton (landing at 2100) and 2220 from Newark (arriving 1030 the next day). In September it will go daily.
I was taken care of immediately at one of the airline’s two desks and used fast-track security.
La Compagnie passengers can use the Aspire lounge for free. (The elevator is wheelchair-only.) It has a staffed bar (you need to pay for champagne), a selfservice counter for wine, soft drinks and food, and a spa.
I headed to the gate at 1705. The plane was only half full so it was a very peaceful boarding experience. A drink was offered once seated. The carryon luggage allowance is generous (two pieces plus a handbag or laptop case) and storage plentiful.
La Compagnie’s 757 has 74 angled lie-flat seats in a 2-2 configuration (A-C, D-F) with rows 16-20 located behind a pair of washrooms. I was in 11A. The aircraft feels new, clean and fresh. Set in a hard shell surround with no dividers, seats have 12-inch Samsung Galaxy tablets in seat-back slots. Controls for recline and lumbar support are in the central armrests but the buttons are quite fiddly. There is no WiFi, but there are EU plug sockets – mine wasn’t working so I had to charge my phone at another seat. Headphones and amenity kits are provided.