Business class flights to New York and back from London is about to get around two thirds cheaper as a airline prepares to take off and take on the big boys of aviation in this very lucrative sector.
Using a model not that dissimilar to that of EasyJet and Ryanair, LaCompagnie a French company hopes to succeed where others in the past have failed in trying to capture a healthy share of this airline business class flights passenger market. The test will be to remain profitable enough in order to keep on going as the larger airline groupings perhaps start to fight back with lower fares or special offers… watch this space!
The airline was launched in London on February 3rd and will start flying its business flights only passengers to New York from April 23rd 2015 offering some very good deals initially and then with the prices after the launch period then going up to £1,539 ($2,200) for a return flight to New York.
However that is still around two thirds of the ticket cost when compared to the likes of fares currently being offered by Virgin, BA and United.
Using a Boeing 757/200 and with 74 lie flat seats in the configuration of 2×2 it looks to be spacious and again…watch this space as I want to see it for myself.
LaCompagnie will be flying their busines class flights from London’s Luton airport direct to Newark, New York’s airport that is just on the edge of the city in the state of New Jersey. They will be flying three weekly round trip services with flights taking off from London at 5.45pm arriving at 9pm in Newark where they claim that passengers could be through US immigration and customs within 30mins and returning flights will leave Newark at 10.30pm arriving in London at 10.30am.
The CEO Frantz Yvelin who has a track record on a similar airline project now thinks that he has the right business model having looked at all aspects of the business and cut costs in places where it is possible. Like not having expensive offices in city centres but not cutting in areas of safety or maintenance. He said that his pilots earn more money than he does for instance!
“Its time to bring business class flights passenger service back to where it belongs, where personlised service is offered at respectable fares”, said Mr Yvelin.
The passenger cabin is to be staffed by three cabin crew who will be serving food created by French chef Christophe Langree, all seats will have removable electronic tablets for their personal entertainment. The crews have all been recruited and in true Galic style their chic uniforms have been designed by a French fashion house.
Mr Yvelin feels that Luton is a good choice and that they had looked at other airports around the capital but felt they were are home there. Luton are about to invest very heavily and transform the airport where in 2014 they had record numbers of passengers using it.
LaCompagnie has been running a similar business class flights service from Paris to New York since July 2014.