Heads up, frequent flyers: There's a new all business-class airline to try for trips to Europe. La Compagnie, founded by Frantz Yvelin and Peter Luethi, will offer regular flights between Paris and New York City. The "maiden flight" of La Compagnie is scheduled to take off from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG) on July 11 and Newark International Airport (EWR) on July 12.
La Compagnie will start operations with a redesigned Boeing 757-200 dressed in the airline's baby blue hue. The plane will offer four to five weekly flights throughout the summer, with scheduled departures out of Paris at 17:50 arriving in Newark at 20:30, and out of Newark at 21:45 arriving in Paris at 11:15.
The B 757-200 has 74 "lie-flat" seats creating a 2x2 configuration throughout a single aisle cabin with no dividing class curtain. La Compagnie's next Boeing 757-200 aircraft will be delivered in December 2014.
Each La Compagnie flight will be crewed by two pilots and three flight attendants fluent in international languages. Good to know: The cockpit crews have profiles approved by the French Civil Aviation Authority.
Passengers will get in-flight amenity kits including Caudalie cosmetic products, as well as in-flight meal service with menus created by Christophe Langree, the Michelin-starred chef of Hôtel Matignon in Paris. (For the record, this is the official residence of the Prime Minister of France.) Even better: La Compagnie's fleet will have complimentary Wi-Fi Internet service, and all seats will have personal Samsung tablets uploaded with an assortment of books, magazines, music and movies.
For more information or to make reservations with La Compagnie, contact 800-218-8187 or visit www.LaCompagnie.com starting July 1. Good to know: The call center and website in the United States will be available after receipt of US government approval.