During a trip organized by the New York Tourist Office (NYCGO), the editorial staff was able to test a return flight from Paris Orly to Newark, aboard one of the two 100% business class A321neos. the company. The Company will offer up to three daily flights between Paris and New York and will relaunch the Nice-New York link next summer (from May to October).
In the Paris-New York direction, the first flight takes off at 10:30 a.m., with an expected arrival at 12:55 p.m.: a very practical schedule. Ditto on the way back with a night flight. Check-in takes place at terminal 4 at Paris-Orly and is very quick since the plane only carries 76 passengers. For the return flight, no waiting either at Newark airport, terminal B. Note that these two airports are on a human scale – a definite advantage. Each passenger can check in two bags of 32 kg.
In Paris, passengers benefit from access N°1 and take advantage of the Icare lounge. In New York, the show is also shared with other companies, but with a dedicated and clearly identified space. Too bad, this lounge is not pleasant: quite small, quickly crowded and without natural light.
Just like check-in, boarding, at Paris-Orly as at Newark, takes very little time. With only 76 passengers, everything goes much faster!
Very first impression: the device is perfectly new, impossible not to notice it. The sky blue and gray armchairs are elegant. The cushions, quilts and kits are the same colors. Very comfortable (they are equipped with a mattress topper) and spacious (50 cm wide), the seats can fully recline to become perfectly flat beds 1.92 m long. A central corridor serves two seats on each side, arranged at an angle to guarantee real privacy. The portholes are decorated with discreet designs, nods to the destinations served (the Empire State Building, etc.) that do not obstruct the view. Around and at the end of the seat, several very practical and judiciously placed shelves allow you to get comfortable, put shoes, personal effects…
The plane, by its very design, ensures a remarkably low noise level and the reduced number of passengers contributes to this impression of calm. The flight crew (3 hostesses and stewards) is omnipresent but knows how to be discreet.
The details of the meals served during the flight are indicated on the individual screens: on the outward journey, a four-course lunch with, that day, a signature recipe by David Toutain (2 Michelin stars) and a snack. The dishes are tasty, light, in sufficient quantity and very digestible. Champagne Piper Heidsieck and selection of French wines. Departing from New York, a light dinner and breakfast are served. That day, Yann Couvreur’s croissant.
On the individual 15.6-inch screen, a video shows an illustrator drawing a giant fresco to present the advantages of the A321neo. There is a choice of 57 quite varied films (including a few works of independent cinema as part of a partnership with MK2) and around a hundred albums to listen to. Good surprise: access to high-speed wifi on board, via personal devices, is free, unlimited, and efficient. With one restriction, voluntary: impossible to make a phone call. Again, to ensure a peaceful flight. A wifi portal allows you to connect to the daily press, LCI and an online sales platform.
Paris-New York from 1 200 € round trip.