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Flying First Class to the South of France Is About to Get a Little Easier

La Compagnie will begin flying to Nice, France, and will take delivery of an Airbus A321neo with only 76 seats.

La Compagnie, Paris, Nice, South of France, Airbus, A320neo, Boeing Photo: Courtesy of La Compagnie

May is going to be a big month for La Compagnie, the all-business-class boutique airline that flies between New York (actually Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey) and Paris. The company, which is based at Orly Airport in Paris and has been in business since 2014, will add a new seasonal route and a new aircraft in May, increasing its routes to two and its fleet size to three.

Beginning May 5, La Compagnie will fly one of its two 74-seat Boeing 757-200 airliners between Newark and Nice, in the South of France. It will fly the route five times a week (Wednesday through Sunday) through October. Prices for a round-trip ticket start at $1,300. Prices for a round-trip ticket to Paris start at less than $1,200. According to the company, 60 percent of its passengers who flew the Paris route last year traveled for business, and 40 percent traveled for leisure.

La Compagnie, Paris, Nice, South of France, Airbus, A320neo, Boeing

La Compagnie’s all-first-class cabin.  Photo: Courtesy of La Compagnie

Also in May, La Compagnie will take delivery of the first of two new Airbus A321neo airliners. The jet will begin carrying passengers in early June, when it flies what the company calls the “corporate flight” to Paris, leaving Newark at 7:30 p.m. and arriving at Orly Airport the next day at 8:20 a.m. The other Paris flight departs Newark at 11:30 p.m. and arrives in France at 1:10 p.m. the next day. Flights leave Paris at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. and arrive in Newark at 10 p.m. and 1:10 p.m., respectively, the same day.

La Compagnie, Paris, Nice, South of France, Airbus, A320neo, Boeing

Two 74-seat Boeing 757-200 airliners fly between Newark and Nice.  Photo: Courtesy of La Compagnie

Now that it has a third aircraft, La Compagnie, which says its planes flew at 80 percent capacity on average in 2018, will be able to add a third flight during peak periods, in June, September and October.

La Compagnie, Paris, Nice, South of France, Airbus, A320neo, Boeing

La Compagnie’s all-first-class cabin on the Boeing.  Photo: Courtesy of La Compagnie

The A321neo, a narrow-body airliner that entered service in 2017, typically accommodates 206 passengers in a two-class configuration. (The Boeing 757-200 is most often configured with 200 seats.) The La Compagnie plane has just 76 seats, each of which folds flat. Among the amenities will be complimentary Wi-Fi access.

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