Emirates’ first class flyers arriving in Nice, France can now swap their free limousine airport transfer for a helicopter ride to Monaco City at no extra charge, in what must be the best way to arrive in style for the Monaco Grand Prix!
With a journey time of just seven minutes from lift-off to touchdown, the 30km flight takes you straight from Nice Airport to a helipad in Monaco, where a driver will collect you for that final leg from helipad to hotel.
When it’s time to fly home, you’ll be chauffeur-driven back to that helipad for your return helicopter flight to Nice Airport. Bring your camera too, as the views along the coastline can be magnificent.
Business class flyers can upgrade their regular airport limo for a Monaco-bound helicopter at a cost of €79 (A$111) per passenger in each direction, or €316 (A$444) return for a couple travelling together.
Passengers booked in Emirates economy class can also pay €109 (A$153) per person each way to enjoy the same: including both the helicopter ride and a chauffeur-driven car between the helipad and their hotel.
The move comes as Emirates prepares to upgrade its EK77/78 Dubai-Nice-Dubai flights from a Boeing 777-300ER to an Airbus A380 from July 1 2017, bringing with it on-board shower spas in first class plus fully-flat beds with direct aisle access and an inflight bar and lounge area in business class.