Well that was quick. Earlier I wrote about how La Compagnie revealed some more details of their new A321neos, which they’ll begin flying between New York and Paris in April 2019. The planes will feature 76 flat bed seats with high-speed wifi.
I speculated as to what type of business class seat they’d offer, though the airline has now made it official. On Instagram La Compagnie has shared renderings of their new A321neo cabin.
They say that the seats are being produced by Rockwell Collins, and that they’ll feature 15.7″ touchscreen monitors from Zodiac. As expected, these are the Diamond seats that we find on many airlines, where the footwells for the seats is underneath the seat in front, in order to save space.
I’ve gotta say, the new cabin looks beautiful, and I think this configuration is the perfect balance between maximizing capacity while also offering a solid business class product.
While this won’t be the world’s best business class product, having a fully flat bed at the prices that La Compagnie charges will be a very compelling value proposition for consumers. For example, at the moment the airline has roundtrip fares of $1,600, though in the past we’ve sometimes seen fares lower than that.
This might just be the most visually stunning cabin out there, purely in terms of the size of the single cabin and the all business class layout. There’s not another airline in the world operating a configuration like this (at least that I know of). British Airways has their A318 with Club World London City, though that cabin is significantly smaller. Meanwhile Four Seasons has their 757 private jet, but that’s not an airline.
I’m now even more excited to try La Compagnie’s new business class!
(Tip of the hat to M Hsu)