DALLAS – Today in Aviation, French all-business airline La Compagnie (B0) made its maiden flight to New York’s Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in 2014.
Founded by Frantz Yvelin in 2013, the company was originally known as DreamJet. Its aim was to offer a full business class service using a low-cost structure.
The airline started life with a fleet of two 74-seat Boeing 757-200s. Operations began at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) before switching to Orly in 2014.
On April 27, 2015, the airline launched its second route from London Luton to EWR. However, the route failed to meet expectations, and citing Brexit as the main reason, it was suspended on September 26, 2016.
A five-weekly seasonal route between Nice and New York (EWR) was launched on May 5, 2019.
That same month the carrier also received the first of two brand new Airbus A321neos, with the second arriving in September. Both aircraft are equipped with 76 seats. The final Boeing 757 flight occurred on October 28, 2019.
A Return to the Skies
Following a hiatus after suspending services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the airline returned to the skies on June 21, 2021. This came with the announcement of two brand-new routes to its network.
On July 21, 2021, a further thrice-weekly seasonal route was added between ORY and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport (TLV). Meanwhile, a four-flight per week service from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to EWR will commence on November 29, 2021.
Featured image: La Compagnie F-HBUZ Airbus A321Neo. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways