New Takes On Business Travel

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A couple of new companies are trying fresh approaches to pull high-value business travellers out of the backpack and tennis shoe mainstream of modern air travel. La Compagnie is the latest to begin an "all business class" service to Europe. The airline has put 74 lie-flat seats two-by-two in the long narrow cabin of a Boeing 757-200 on flights between Newark and Paris. One modern wrinkle is that every passenger gets a tablet uploaded with entertainment to use during the flight. Regular round-trip fares are $1915 but there's an introductory special that allows a passenger to bring along a second person for $99. Meanwhile, BizCharters is hoping that the convenience of using business aircraft terminals will attract time-challenged executives to its Chicago-New York service.

BizCharters uses wi fi-equipped Embraer ERJ 135 regional airliners to go between DuPage and Midway airports near Chicago and Morristown, NJ, which is about 35 minutes from Manhattan. BizCharters is building its business plan around allowing its passengers to skip the security regimen at regular airports in favor of the walk-on convenience of business terminals. The company says the typical time saving on a one-way trip from Chicago to New York is three hours. It's also equipped the Embraer with workstations so that not a moment of the already-truncated travel time is wasted. A one-way fare is $495 and round trip is $695.