NY carriers go head-to-head

29 Sep 2005 by business traveller

Just a week after Maxjet unveiled its plans for a business-class only London-New York flight, a rival has announced it has started taking reservations.

Eos will launch daily flights between London Stansted and New York on November 1, in direct competition with Maxjet, which plans to launch on the same day. The carrier announced this week that it has started taking reservations, following receipt of certification from the Federal Aviation Authority (Eos is US-based).

The Eos flight will leave Stansted at 10.30am and arrive in New York at 1.29pm, which compares to Maxjet's timings half an hour earlier. The return service departs New York at 7.05pm and arrives in Stansted at 7.30am, again half an hour later than the Maxjet flight.

Where the two carriers differ is on price. Eos plans to charge from £2,500 for a return ticket, rising to £3,500 after the introductory offer expires. This compares to the £1,278 return ticket price being charged by Maxjet.

The explanation is in the product – Eos has 48 suites per aircraft, which offer 21-square feet of space per passenger and come with a second seat that can be used by a travelling companion for dining together. The seat then reclines into a 78-inch flat bed. Maxjet offers102 roomy business class seats arranged six across (2-2-2) featuring 60 inches of legroom.

From January 3 2006, Eos hopes to add a second daily flight, leaving Stansted at 4.15pm and arriving in New York at 7.14pm, with the return service leaving New York at 9.15pm and arriving in Stansted at 9.40 am.
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- KLM will introduce its business-class only flight from Amsterdam to Houston on October 30.The flights will be operated by a Boeing 737-700 aircraft with 44 lie-flat seats in a 2-2 configuration with plug-in points for laptop computers. Flights will operate six times a week and will supplement the existing daily flights between the two cities, which continue to operate on a two-class basis.

Report by Ginny McGrath

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