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Emirates has had a busy week, to say the least. We found out that the Dubai-based carrier was one of nine airlines subjected to the US security directive, commonly referred to as the electronics ban. Then, we found out that the carrier was the only one of the airlines affected that was planning to allow its travelers to “gate check” their electronics, in an attempt to keep passenger disruptions to a minimum. Now, the carrier is upping the ante in the luxury travel space even more by adding a complimentary helicopter transfer for first class passengers on one of its existing routes to Europe.
Just yesterday, Emirates announced that it was beginning daily A380 service between Nice, France (NCE) and Dubai (DXB), beginning on July 1. The route is currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, so the bump represents a capacity increase of 44% on the route. The timing is perfect for the busy summer travel season, and the carrier is taking it a step further by allowing travelers to transit between NCE and Monaco via helicopter.
Emirates is partnering with Monacair, which offers six-minute helicopter rides between Monaco and Nice, so travelers can get from the A380 to the luxe city-state in style (and in very little time). In addition, Emirates will offer passengers a limo service from Monaco’s heliport to their final destination.
Even if you’re not flying in first class, you can get a taste of the good life. Here’s how the cost structure breaks down for the helicopter and limousine service for all Emirates passengers:
- First Class: Complimentary
- Business Class: €79 per passenger (~$85)
- Economy: €109 per passenger (~$118)
This is another example of Emirates constantly trying to provide unique and luxurious experiences for its passengers — it already offers its first and business-class passengers premier chauffeur service. For those not flying in first class, the rates for the helicopter rates actually aren’t that bad. And considering that the drive between Monaco and NCE takes about 30-40 minutes, you could also be saving a decent amount of time.
As mentioned, Emirates will launch A380 service on its existing DXB-NCE route beginning July 1. Here are the details of the service:
- EK77 Dubai (DXB) 8:45am Departure ⇒ Nice (NCE) 1:40pm Arrival
- EK78 Nice (NCE) 3:40pm Departure ⇒ Dubai (DXB) 12:10am (+1) Arrival
Featured image courtesy of Monacair.
H/T: One Mile at a Time
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