La Compagnie’s New Fully Flat Business Class Beds: A First Look (Photos)

by John Harper

We’ve known since last year that French all-business class boutique airline La Compagnie was moving from angle-flat to fully flat business beds on its new A321neo jets. We now know what those new cabins will look like.

La Compagnie has chosen Rockwell Collins Diamond seating, an updated version of the seat design used on American Airlines A321T jets, Delta’s Boeing 757s and United Airlines’ Dreamliner fleet.

La Compagnie new seats business class lie-flat flat bet pictures photo

La Compagnie is upgrading its cabin from angle-flat to lie-flat business class seats.

This represents a significant upgrade to La Compagnie’s underdog offering. When La Compagnie puts the new A321s in service this coming April, the discount airline will now have better business class seats on its Newark to Paris flights than some Air France-KLM aircraft. The new cabin will have two more seats, 76, than the existing 757s.

New La Compagnie flat-bed lie flat seats photo pic

La Compagnie’s new seats will rival those on KLM and United Airlines transatlantic flights.

The upgrade doesn’t stop with the sleeping surface. La Compagnie will do away with its dowdy handout tablets as it installs 15.7″ Rave in-flight entertainment systems. The new jets will also have high-speed Viasat wi-fi internet.

The brand new A321neo is likely to be a quieter ride than the airlines current 20-plus-year-old Boeing 757s. La Compagnie is the first French airline to operate the new jets, beating rivals Air France and XL Airways.

La Compagnie 757 business class seat flat-bed angle-flat lie-flat

La Compagnie’s existing all business class cabin has angle-flat seats. Image by La Compagnie

La Compagnie entertainment system

La Compagnie will scrap the tablet-in-seatback design in its new A321 jets, instead opting for state-of-the-art 15.7-inch touchscreen in-flight entertainment systems.

There’s still no way to transfer credit card points to book La Compagnie seats, but when fares in these business class seats drop to or below $1,600 round-trip (as they have many times in the past), booking these seats through a fixed-value travel portal could become a more affordable and significantly less stressful option than award seat transfers.

It’s not clear if Air France will immediately retire its current fleet of Boeing 757s, or use the new jets to expand frequencies or routes. La Compagnie previously operated a Newark to London service but terminated that route shortly after the Brexit vote.

 

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