BACK­GROUND:

Business Traveler (USA) - - TRIED & TESTED -

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.

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