A new contender on the all business class scene, La Compagnie has, since summer 2014, been running up to 5 flights weekly between New York and Paris, using refurbished Boeing 757 aircraft (previously flying for Icelandair). It has recently commenced operations between London Luton and Newark as well. Marketed as an airline for ‘business travellers who love a good deal’, the flight was very cheap – but was it a bargain?
RASK tried out the airline on a recent night flight from Newark to Paris. Read our, as always, painfully honest review.
The cabin looked really good. LED mood lighting is put to good use here, and as most surfaces (e.g. seats and carpets and so on) are brand new, things looked very smart and neat.
While most of my fellow passengers quickly reclined their seats for the 7h30 journey, I of course had to stay awake to sample the food and drink onboard.
After a while, I realised that I had to turn on the Samsung Galaxy Pro tablet in order to read the menu – and in doing so, I realised that the reason no newspapers or reading matter had been distributed by the crew was that all was available in the tablet. It was easy to use, but only with a couple of movies and series (clearly inadequate).
I am happy that I wasn’t hungry – because the dinner service turned out to be very modest in terms of portion size, although luckily not in quality. In fact, I sincerely enjoyed the cold green pea and mint soup, the chicken breast canapés, as well as the cheese selection. However, it was really more a snack. A small cherry crumble tart rounded off the small meal. There was only one single white wine (Chardonnay), one red (Merlot blend) and one Champagne (Pieper Heidsieck Brut) – however, all three were of high quality, particularly the La Part des Anges Chardonnay.
Following the meal, I reclined my seat and fell into deep sleep.