OUR TEAM

ENTREPRENEURS GATHERED AROUND FRANTZ YVELIN AND PETER LUETHI CREATED LA COMPAGNIE IN 2013 FOR PEOPLE WHO KNOW WHAT BUSINESS CLASS IS. OUR TEAM OF AIRLINE PROFESSIONALS HAS DESIGNED A UNIQUE BUSINESS CLASS EXPERIENCE FROM NEW YORK TO PARIS.

The story of La Compagnie officially began in October 2013, when DreamJet, our parent company was founded.

Thanks to the association between air transport professionnals and bold entrepreneurs, La Compagnie was born on June 16th, 2014. At the end of 2016, La Compagnie joined forces with XL Airways in order to create the first low-fare long-haul airline group. Led by Laurent Magnin, the two French airlines democratize air transport in Economy (XL Airways) and in Business class (La Compagnie).

OUR TEAM

LAURENT MAGNIN

President

Laurent Magnin, 58, self-taught, began his career at 15 with his father in the charter aviation section at Le Bourget airport. He then spent more than 24 years at Corsair as Head of Sales and Marketing before being asked to lead Star Airlines in 2006 as Managing Director. The airline was renamed XL Airways and quickly became the number 1 tourist airline for French Tour Operators under his stewardship. Today, Laurent presides over 4 entities: XL Airways, La Compagnie, Crystal TO and Héliades. These companies all fall under the umbrella of the DreamJet Participations holding company. Laurent has solid experience in the field of civil aviation. His career at the service of successful French airlines has given him a true vision of this sector.

CHRISTIAN VERNET

General Manager

Christian, 59, started his aviation career with UTA French Airlines before stepping to the Head of Maintenance & Engineering as well as Ground Operations at Corsair International airlines in 1991. In 2004, he moved to Britair, a regional carrier of the Air France Group as VP Maintenance € Engineering and merged into HOP! In 2013. He then became the founder of Aviation Management Advisors in 2016, providing consultancy services to prime worldwide aviation industry players. Having graduated in aerospace engineering from ISAE/ENSICA he then took a MBA degree from San Diego State University.

YANN POUDOULEC

EVP Engineering - co-founder

Yann, 43, first began his career at Eurocopter (Airbus Group) and then joined the aviation maintenance industry in an MRO. After working in the French airline Air Méditerranée, he joined in 2007 L'Avion, as director, which he left in 2009 to Airlinair (Air France Group), where he held the role of Technical Director until 2013. Yann Poudoulec is a graduate of the Institute of Aeronautical Maintenance of Bordeaux and the University of Hatfield.

JEAN-CHARLES PERINO

EVP Sales and Marketing - co-founder

Jean-Charles, 51, was previously Sales and Marketing Director of L'Avion and OpenSkies: Jean-Charles was part of the team that launched, developed and merged L'Avion with OpenSkies within the group British Airways. He previously held various sales and marketing positions in the industry at Air Canada, L'Européenne d'Assurances, or in the start-up Liligo.com. More recently, Jean-Charles has advised various airlines in their business development strategy. Jean-Charles Perino graduated from ESLSCA, and holds an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago.

OUR CREW

Our crew is committed to La Compagnie’s success.

Our pilots, all under a French employment contract, have been carefully selected and trained according to the highest aeronautical standards.

Our flight attendants, the true ambassadors of La Compagnie and its values, will be in charge of passengers’ comfort and safety on board our flights.

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