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Beautiful Blues! Tour La Compagnie Boutique Airline

La-Compagnie-boutique-airline-1Hey, friends! I am back from my latest #mrbazaartravels adventures that saw me venture across America for two weeks mixed with work and play. I kicked off the trip with my friend, Arianna, on board our flight with new-to-me airline, La Compagnie. Our flight took us direct from London to NYC and certainly kicked off our travels in style. The self called ’boutique airline’ delivered a wonderful business class experience from start to end, and I couldn’t help but smile and think of Britney’s classic Toxic music video when I was greeted with this view (above) upon boarding the aircraft. Read on to tour the cabin and all the beautiful blues…

La-Compagnie-boutique-airline-2Confession: I’m a bit of (read: majorly) an #avgeek. I’ve always been fascinated by air travel and love exploring a new airport terminal. I love the window seat so I can admire the liveries of each aircraft as the plane taxis to and from the terminal building. As such, it was super exciting to fly La Compagnie’s relatively new all-business-class service from London Luton to Newark, New Jersey.La-Compagnie-boutique-airline-3Each aircraft has 19 rows and 74 seats, all of which recline to a 180-degree angle and even have a built-in massage feature. You know, like the ones in those fancy chairs you sit in to have your hair washed at the hairdressers, except this time you get the comfort for seven hours instead of seven minutes – boom! As a frequent business traveller I was pleased to see that the seats were set up well for both rest and work. Each one is equipped with a reading lamp, compartments for personal items and electronics, an electrical outlet, a headphone plug, and a pouch for documents. The generous amenities and comfort of the seat itself made up for the slight disappointment that the seat didn’t recline to a fully flat position for sleeping. All passengers are given anti-allergenic pillows, large, soft blankets, and a Caudalie travel care kit – impressive for an accessibly priced business class route.La-Compagnie-boutique-airline-4I’ve written at length before about how important lighting is in a home interior. Well, the same is true in an aircraft cabin. Frequent fliers will recall how the cabin lights are often lowered for take off and landing during the hours of darkness. This is often when I wish such a calming and relaxing light level could be kept for the entire flight. So, the fact that La Compagnie’s cabin was equipped with a gorgeous, soft blue LED light throughout really was one of the highlights of the experiences for me.La-Compagnie-boutique-airline-5In honour of the airline’s French roots, the food served is a celebration of the country’s fine food fare. The airline’s chef, Christophe Langrée, has created a menu inspired by both his native Brittany and his many travels around the world – delicious! Plus, there was plenty of food on offer in the private and comfortable Art and Lounge space at Newark airport before boarding, too. Are you an airline geek too? What inspires you about the design and interior of La Compagnie’s aircraft cabin?La-Compagnie-boutique-airline-6 // Photography by Will Taylor & La Compagnie | I was generously hosted by La Compagnie on this trip; all views are my own.

17 Comments

  • Reply Kevin August 9, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I’m a fan of aviation as well Will. I hadn’t heard of this airline so thank you for the introduction, I will be keen to fly with them myself.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar August 9, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      @Kevin – My pleasure! Let me know if you fly with them, I would be keen to read what you think too.

  • Reply Jules August 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Wow!! I’ve never flown a plane that looks this good inside!

  • Reply Mary August 9, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    The decoration is very pretty ! I live all this blue and it looks very confortable 🙂

  • Reply Josh | The Kentucky Gent August 10, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    That’s definitely one way to travel in style! Always good to have space to rest + work when flying, especially long distance.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.com

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar August 10, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      @Josh – Totally! Being able to work comfortably when flying long-haul makes such a difference.

  • Reply douglas frank August 11, 2015 at 11:05 am

    very nice decoration!

  • Reply Jake Holloway August 12, 2015 at 9:34 am

    From your post I assume you are a fan of flying, unlike me. But to be honest, this airplane, the soft blue light and especially the food might make me get over my fear of flying. Great review and very cool photos.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar August 12, 2015 at 9:39 am

      @Jake – Sorry to hear you have a fear of flying. The experience on La Compagnie was very restful and calm so I would say give it a try if you can. All the best!

  • Reply Iris August 16, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    I love those personal TV screens. My plane to Vancouver, BC had them. I spent the entire flight watching docs and Canadian short films. I didn’t want to leave the plane when I got to my destination!

  • Reply Dave August 26, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Looks fab! Isn’t 180 degrees flat though? You mentioned that, but then further down the seats don’t recline flat.. Just curious! Can’t wait to try out this airline for business next month.

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