The business class company La Compagnie embarks on air freight
The business class airline The Company has appointed Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) as cargo manager for its entry into the air cargo market.
The airline has awarded WFS a three-year contract to handle cargo aboard its Airbus A321LR services from Paris Orly to Newark International Airport in New York, which will drop from the current four flights per week to seven in September.
WFS already provides ground handling services to La Compagnie in Newark for its passenger and ramp services to Paris Orly and Nice.
Depending on the number of passengers, each flight is expected to carry up to 3.5 tonnes.
Damien Paries, Vice President of Ground Operations, La Compagnie-Dreamjet, said: “WFS is the ideal partner to support the launch of our very first freight service. We are confident that they will provide our cargo customers with the same high-quality experience that our passengers appreciate when they choose La Compagnie. “
John Batten, Executive Vice President Cargo – Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia at WFS, added: “The Company has recognized the significant business opportunity to transport freight on this major route between Paris and New York and, by choosing to partner with WFS, can be assured of the highest standards in cargo safety and security operations, as well as proactive customer service.
“We are confident that companies moving freight between Europe and North America will welcome another capacity choice into the market and we look forward to contributing to La Compagnie’s success.
Transatlantic trade has seen a steady rise in rates since the covid outbreak due to loss of belly capacity. In June, prices from Frankfurt to North America were $ 4.07 per kg, nearly double the pre-Covid level in 2019.
Meanwhile, business class services face a potentially difficult future, with the rise of video calling raising questions in some circles about how long it will take for business class travel to reach previous levels.