I toured La Compagnie, the all-business class airline flying between the US and France. It’s the closest thing to flying private across the Atlantic.

Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
  • La Compagnie is a French all-business class airline that just resumed flying between the US and France.
  • New Airbus A321neo aircraft serve Paris and Nice in France from Newark and will soon fly to Israel and Italy.
  • Only 76 seats are found on its aircraft and all have fully lie-flat capabilities, making the aircraft more like a private jet than a crowded airliner.
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France is open once again to US tourists, and also taking customers across the Atlantic once more is La Compagnie.
La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
The French boutique airline specializes in premium, yet discounted, transatlantic travel with an all-business class offering.
La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Operating the flights is La Compagnie's new flagship aircraft, the Airbus A321neo, boasting greater comfort and efficiency than the Boeing 757s it replaced.
La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
At present, the airline can be found flying between Newark and the French cities of Paris and Nice. But new routes to Milan Italy, and Tel Aviv, Israel are scheduled for later this year, depending on how international travel develops given the Delta variant.
La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
I went onboard one of La Compagnie's swanky aircraft after a flight from Paris. Take a look inside the airline's Airbus A321neo.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
On the outside, La Compagnie's aircraft are unmistakable thanks to an iconic blue and black livery.
La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Even the cockpit windows feature Airbus' signature black mask, affectionately referred to as "eyeliner."
La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Powering the aircraft are two CFM International LEAP-1A engines, that are quieter and more fuel-efficient than previous generation engines.
La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
When combined with aerodynamically-friendly wingtips, known as "sharklets" on Airbus planes, fuel burn is reduced by 20% per seat compared to older generation aircraft.
La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
In a normal configuration, the Airbus A321neo can fly 4,000 nautical miles. But La Compagnie's configuration is anything but normal.
La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
A total of 76 business class seats comprise the single cabin, spanning a mere 20 rows.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
There are no economy seats onboard La Compagnie, nor middle seats, for that matter.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Each row offers paired seats, with an aisle and a window seat. They're ideal for couples traveling together but there is a partition in case the seat neighbor is a stranger.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
The window seat offers the greatest amount of privacy since it's away from the aisle.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
But the tradeoff is a lack of direct aisle access for window seats. The choice is between having a good view and having unobstructed access to the aisle and lavatories.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Each seat has a seat-back entertainment system with high-definition displays.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
The screens are immovable but quite large and also touch-screen.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
A remote is available, however, so flyers don't have to keep reaching over.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
A range of complimentary content is offered, in addition to complimentary in-flight WiFi.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Options include movies...
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Music...
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Kids selections...
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
And a map section.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Menus for the meal service are also listed on the screens. La Compagnie offers French cuisine on its flights, unsurprisingly.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Three flight attendants service the cabin during flights for a ratio of one flight attendant for around every 25 passengers.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Tray tables extend from the side of the seat and can be half-extended to hold drinks or light items.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
And then they can be fully extended for meal times or when using a laptop, for example.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Coat hangars can also be found on the seat-backs.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Seats are fully lie-flat and controlled by a panel next to the seat.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Each seat comes with a pillow and comforter for when it's time to sleep.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
The lie-flat capability is a step up from when La Compagnie flew Boeing 757 aircraft that only had angle-flat capabilities.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Each pillow also has a saying in French and English.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Mood lighting helps to relax passengers, especially when it's time to rest. And when it's time to wake up, colors change to make the body more alert.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
One downside to the seats is that headrests are not adjustable, and minor cracks do show in the leather.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
In terms of seat amenities, a pair of noise-canceling headphones can be found at each seat.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
These are common in transatlantic business class cabins and make the already quiet A321neo experience even more tranquil.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
For those travelers working or reading during the flight, a personal reading lamp is available so the cabin can be kept dark during night flights. In-seat power is also available.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
And a business class amenity kit also comes standard for all passengers.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Inside are the essentials such as an eye mask, socks, and lotions.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Customers with high heels or other shoes can also store them in a bag.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
French champagne is served onboard the airline with at least three selections from which to choose. Passengers are handed a glass after stepping onboard.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
The lavatories were the only non-glitzy part of the aircraft and were surprisingly basic, aside from a few extra lotions.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
The exit rows feature some of the best seats on the aircraft as they offer just slightly more legroom than the rest.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
After walking through the plane, there really weren't any bad seats, aside from some with misaligned windows.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
In row 15, for example, the windows don't exactly line up.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
The last row is also to be avoided as they double as crew rest seats and have a metal bar above them that holds a curtain.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
La Compagnie is now, however, the only airline offering all-business class flights between the US and Europe, and has been since British Airways retired its Airbus A318 aircraft flying between New York and London, UK.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.

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The feeling of a private jet is even more pronounced given that the airline's load factors are only around 60%, meaning that most seat pairs will only have one occupant.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
More and more airlines are flying narrow-body aircraft across the Atlantic, but La Compagnie's configuration gives the cabin a more spacious and open feel.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Flyers can see straight to the back of the aircraft, for example, even from the very first row.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Most of the seats also have two dedicated windows, allowing flyers in both seats to look out of them.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Christian Vernet, La Compagnie's chief executive officer, told Insider that the aircraft's economics and modernity make it a win-win for passengers and the airline, alike.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Despite the glitzy cabin in the back of the plane, the cockpit is quite standard for an Airbus jet.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
Only two pilots are staffed on each flight, tasked with transporting passengers to and from France.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
But pilots can rejoice in once more flying paying customers across the Atlantic instead of ad-hoc charter and cargo flights during the pandemic's peak.
Onboard La Compagnie's Airbus A321neo - La Compagnie Airbus A321neo Tour
A La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.
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