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French boutique airline La Compagnie ('The Company') is sharpening its appeal to executives and other high-flyers jetting between New York and Paris with this week's debut of a new Airbus A321neo all-business class jet.
This first of two advanced single-aisle sprinters, these jets also upgrade the trans-Atlantic experience with 76 fully lie-flat business class seats from tip to tail.
Based on the popular Collins Diamond design, the A321neo's flatbed seats are a definite step up from the angled 'sloping sleepers' of La Compagnie's previous and rather crusty Boeing 757s seen below.
Each passenger is treated to a 15-inch touchscreen for inflight entertainment, paired with noise-cancelling headphones – and when it's time to grab some shut-eye on the seven hour flight, the flat bed is fitted with a mattress topper.
The 2-2 configuration might not be everyone's idea of modern business travel but with a generous 62" pitch it's arguably sufficient for this 8½ jaunt, especially on the red-eye leg departing New York-adjacent Newark Airport at 7.30pm to reach Paris' Orly Airport at 8.20am the next morning.
La Compagnie is also providing free unlimited broadband WiFi above the clouds.
"We want our passengers to experience the internet just like they do at home or in the office," suggests Jean Charles Périno, EVP of Sales and Marketing for La Compagnie. "Our mission is to make business-class more accessible to everyone at the most attractive fare."
La Compagnie runs twice-daily flights between Gotham and the City of Lights and pampers its premium passengers with anti-allergenic pillows, large soft blankets and a Caudalie travel care kit, along with restaurant-grade meals from renowned chefs.