French all-business class transatlantic airline La Compagnie will begin operating seasonal flights between Nice and New York-Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) from May 5, 2019.

The move will increase to two the number of routes operated by the carrier. La Compagnie’s service to Newark from Paris Orly is its only transatlantic route, following a decision in 2016 to axe flights between London Luton and Newark.

La Compagnie will operate the Nice service 5X-weekly between May and October, using a Boeing 757-200 configured with 74 lie-flat seats.

The airline’s fleet will increase to three aircraft when it takes delivery of two Airbus A321neos in April. The A321neos, which will be equipped with 76 lie-flat seats, will be used to expand the carrier’s Paris-New York flights, a spokeswoman for the airline confirmed.

La Compagnie terminated its London Luton service in September 2016, attributing its decision to “the new economic climate and aviation landscape in Europe following the recent [UK-EU] membership referendum in June 2016.” A second daily service between Paris and Newark was added instead.

The airline, which began operations in 2014, offers business class flights at a discount of between 30% and 50%, compared to typical business class fares.

La Compagnie is one of a handful of airlines to have followed an all-premium strategy and remained in business. Earlier in 2018, International Airline Group’s premium carrier OpenSkies terminated its Paris Orly-Newark operation, joining L’Avion, MAXJet, Eos Airlines and others in the crowded graveyard of failed all-premium operators.

Kerry Reals, kerry@realsreporting.com