French all-Business Class airline La Compagnie has ordered two A321neos from Airbus, the most recent order for Airbus’ middle-of-market aircraft that has seen soaring success. They are expected to enter the carrier’s fleet in 2019, and will replace the Boeing 757-200.
The new aircraft in La Compagnie’s fleet will also allow the airline to become more competitive with other airlines in the transatlantic market, with the installation of a new lie-flat business class product — a great improvement over the airline’s current angle-flat product. The redesigned seat will make sure that passengers onboard are “well-connected and well rested upon arrival in New York or Paris,” according to the company.
Laurent Magnin, CEO of La Compagnie also emphasized the importance of this order and the airline’s growth, stating that “Since joining forces with XL Airways in 2016, we have progressively focused on optimizing our performance across all fronts. This year alone, La Compagnie has flown over 40,000 passengers, in which sixty percent were from the U.S and twenty-five percent frequent fliers. The purchase of two A321neos, which are more in line with industry standards than our current fleet of 757s, is an important step in maintaining our unique position in the market as we continue to invest in our clients and evolve as a brand.”
La Compagnie’s decision to order these Airbus A321neos was not just because of the capabilities of the aircraft, but the airline’s “patriotism” towards its country. Magnin stated that he’s “always been an advocate for the French industry,” and by selecting the Airbus A321neo, the airline will “be able to illuminate [its] French touch while reinventing the La Compagnie experience.” The airline will be the first French airline to operate the Airbus A321neo.
La Compagnie currently operates flights solely between Newark and Paris (Charles de Gaulle), but the airline has plans to add additional routes in the future from Europe to the United States. The airline closed its Newark – London Luton route last year, however, Magnin has been optimistic about growth, speaking about the possibility of beginning flights to the West Coast.