This is the report on the return flight of this short 2 flight series on the new(ish) All-Business class airline, La Compagnie. Click below for the report on the first segment, which includes some background on the reasons for choosing La Compagnie:
La Compagnie operates from CDG's historic Terminal 1. It isn't the most modern terminal, but it can be more convenient as it is on a smaller scale than the gigantic Terminal 2. Dropping off the rental car was easy as the rental car drop-off is right in the Terminal garage.
Just like on the way over, the counters weren't yet open when we arrived. La Compagnie's counters only open 2.5 hours before departure, which I find too late.
I headed out to the curb while waiting for the counters to open.
Spotted a Germanwings A319 taxiing by.
Just like in Newark, there were quite a few passengers in the queue by the time the counters open.
It was the day after the Euro Cup quarter-finals France vs. Iceland match and there were quite a few flights to Reykjavik bringing Icelandic supporters home.
The Famous tubes of CDG T1
Immigration was a bit crowded and took about 15 minutes to get through.
The lounge was just on the other side of the immigration checkpoint. Security checkpoints are located at the entrance to the satellites so this lounge is technically outside security.
La Compagnie uses the Icare lounge located up a set of elevators.
The Icare lounge is very small but light filled with big windows to the outside.
The food offering is very basic for a European lounge. Croissants, chocolate croissants, cookies, some pastries and breads were about all there was.
There are large windows to a small garden outside, but no tarmac views.
About 15 minutes before boarding time, we left the lounge. It was getting really crowded by that point.
There are two smoking lounges on the lame level as the lounges.
We headed through the retro tunnels out to the satellite.
Headed to gate 45
Security was quick and we were airside at gate 45 right before boarding was scheduled to begin.
Our aircraft is registered F-HTAG, which sounds like "hashtag" in French if the H is pronounced before "tag" F-HTAG is a 16 year old former Iberia and Icelandair jet.
Boarding began about 15 minutes late as a delayed United flight had just arrived and passengers were deplaning through the same corridor that we needed to use for boarding. This is not a good system as one airline's delay can delay others.
Once boarding began we were among the first onboard.
This cabin looks quite different from the cabin on the F-HCIE that we had flown from EWR to CDG.
Aesthetically, I prefer the look of this cabin. The light blue design with the soft blue moodlighting is soothing.
My seat, right in front of the exit row.
There is a bit more space in the exit row
Legroom is very good in standard rows as well, with a seat pitch of 72"
Amenity kits and La Compagnie branded headsets were placed on the central armrest
A universal power port and USB port are located on the inside of the armrest.
View from my seat
Some planespotting out the window
Air France A330-200
Air Transat A330-300
Pre-departure drinks. As on the last flight, there is a choice of water or this champagne cocktail consisting of Piper Heidsieck Brut, cranberry juice, and a Haribo fraise tagada candy.
Despite the late start to boarding, we pushed back about on time. The security video what played on the overhead screens.
Parts of CDG look like an Air Transat hub in the summer
Taxi was short; we just had to wait for a few aircraft to take off ahead of us.
Air France 777-300ER
Air France A321
Soon enough we were in the air.
The In-Flight Entertainment consists of Samsung Galaxy tablets.
These tablets have the particularity, much to an AvGeek's delight, of having an airshow feature.
Drink and food menus can also be found on the tablets. On the EWR-CDG flight, the dinner menu was wrong–let's see if it will be correct on this flight.
One of the good things about tablets over traditional seat-back IFE is that it is portable allowing for easy reading of newspaper and magazine articles.
On the day after France's Euro Cup quarter finals win, it is obviously big news.
There wasn't a huge amount films, only about 20 or so.
The aperitif service began about half an hour after takeoff.
Piper Heidsieck champagne
Unsurprisingly, the menu on the tablet was once again incorrect so the flight attendants described the meal orally.
Appetizer course: Crab and Duck confit sliders
An original mix of American and French cuisine
The main was a delicious lamb stew. It was perfectly seasoned and very tender.
There were only two choices of mains, though that's better than the overnight flight from Newark where there was no choice at all. Aside from the lamb, there was also a fish dish. After the cheese and dessert, a Poire Williams digestif.
View of the cabin after the meal service.
After the meal I put on a movie and slept most of the way across the Atlantic.
I woke up shortly before the pre-arrival snack.
The portions were small but everything was tasty.
By the end of the meal, we were over Bernie Sanders Land.
The cabin gets ready for arrival
Flying over the Hudson valley
Manhattan in the distance
The other side of the plane got some good close-up views of Manhattan–guess I picked the wrong side of the aircraft on this one.
But I got a great view of beautiful downtown Newark :-P
Wamos Air (formerly Pullmantur Air) B747-400 on landing
Immigration was surprisingly quick. Less than 20 minutes and we were through.
Some good views as well from the baggage claim area downstairs.
After that quick and easy arrival we were on our way with our bags to the AirTran and on to the Newark Amtrak station to catch a train back to D.C.
Thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment or question.
Icare Lounge - 1
Paris - CDG
Newark - EWR
An overall enjoyable flight with La Compagnie. As I've said in the previous report, this product is by no means among the best Business class products in the Transatlantic market. It is an outdated angled lie-flat seat, but it does the trick on these short hops to and from the East Coast. The flight attendants are friendly, professional, and hard working. The service is as attentive as it can be with only 3 flight attendants for the whole aircraft (72 seats total). Catering is generally good, but the lack of choices is a shame--no choice on overnight flights and only two choices of mains on the day flights. In my opinion, the positives outweigh the negatives. For the price of Premium Economy (or even less) you have a comfortable spacious Business class seat with good service. Yes, it is a shame not to gain valuable miles, but if you are not worried about miles, for the price, La Compagnie is definitely good value for the money.
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