Monacair has received the last Airbus Helicopters H130 from a contract for six units signed in September 2015. Like the previous five aircraft, the new helicopter will join the regular scheduled flight service that Monacair has set up between Monaco heliport and Nice International airport.
The operator commenced the shuttle service in January this year after taking delivery of its first H130. Since then, 15,000 passengers have benefited from the service, which reduces the travelling time between Monaco and Nice airport to seven minutes. With the fleet of six aircraft in service, Monacair will now be able to generate 40 rotations a day.
“Setting up this service, which is the world's shortest regular line, was a real challenge but after almost six months I can say I am extremely satisfied with the helicopter,” says MD Gilbert Schweitzer. “Our customers are really appreciative of the helicopter's level of comfort as well as the visibility which allows them to enjoy the views over the Côte d'Azur. Thanks to the cargo pod, we have 20 per cent extra capacity for luggage. Our customers' positive feedback is the best proof that the H130 was the right choice.”
Based at Monaco heliport, Monacair offers charter, maintenance and handling, and manages a rotary fleet of 20 units, half of which are Airbus Helicopters.