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La Compagnie Airline

La Compagnie fashionably
fit to fly

A new boutique airline makes Paris-New York travel très chic and très healthy

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s… superbusinessclass! Boutique airline La Compagnie is the most exciting thing to hit the skies since the Man of Steel himself.

Heading to Paris for the Holidays? Or flying to NY from the other side of the pond?
Why not take your own private jet? Or at least the next best thing… a seat on La Compagnie’s Paris-NY flight.
Even if you have to share with fellow travelers, you’ll feel like a celebrity chartering your own jet.

La Compagnie was founded by French entrepreneur Frantz Yvelin (whose previous foray into fashionable flying L’Avion was a success and sold to British Airways) and former Swissair and JetAirways COO Peter Luethi based on the desire to offer business class travel at affordable prices.

No, this isn’t a dream. Pinch yourself because it’s 2014 and you’re indeed living la vie en luxury.

Current promo fares through the end of the year start at just $1,495 for a round-trip flight.
No, this isn’t a dream. Pinch yourself because it’s 2014 and you’re indeed living la vie en luxury.
This all Business class transatlantic airline flies daily from Newark airport to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle. The flights leave Paris at 5:50 PM (which means time to enjoy the whole day in the City of Lights) and fly back to Paris at 9:45 PM, the perfect time to get a good night’s sleep and start your trip sans jetlag.

There are 74 seats on this Boeing 757. “Seats” might be better described as “beds” since La Compagnie’s “lie-flat” seats complete with fluffy pillows and thick fleece blankets are la haute couture of comfort. Leather headrests and armrests and blue-speckled gray carpets add even more style.
Flight attendants fly fashionably in très chic outfits in La Compagnie’s signature baby blue hue designed by French fashion house Vicomte A., reminiscent of 1960s Pan Am attire. The flight does have a vintage feel to it, an ode to the glory days of transatlantic travel. However, La Compagnie adds a modern twist on this vintage voyage with personalized Samsung tablets in every seat complete with books, music, movies, TV shows, newspapers and magazines.

The cabin is equipped with LED lighting that helps to alleviate disruption of the body’s circadian systems, otherwise known as jetlag

Travelers are gifted with amenity kits complete with comfortable socks, cosmetic products from natural French skincare company Caudalie and in-flight meals created by Michelin-starred chef Christophe Langree.
The cabin is equipped with LED lighting that helps to alleviate disruption of the body’s circadian systems, otherwise known as jetlag. The Mood Light system allows La Compagnie to create a specific atmosphere for every phase of the flight – boarding, dining and morning – to make sure everybody – and every body – adapts to the long flight. Plus, on the Newark-Paris leg of the trip, a very light meal is served to allow for good digestion and better sleep.

Red cape – and French accent – optional, but with a good night’s sleep, natural beauty products and anti-jetlag lighting, you will likely feel like a superhero when you arrive at your destination. Bon voyage !

Rebecca Leffler

Rebecca Leffler is a writer, journalist and wellness consultant. She is the author of best-selling French book Green, Glam & Gourmande and follow-up title Green, Glam & Happy. Her book “Très green, très clean, très chic: Eat (and live!) the new French way with plant-based, gluten-free recipes for every season” was released in 2015. Follow Rebecca at Lafleurparisny.com.

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