From the start of July, Emirates’ A380 superjumbo aircraft – the world’s biggest passenger jet – will be embarking daily from the Nice Côte d’Azur airport runway, but that’s not all. The UAE-based airline will also be offering helicopter transfer from the tarmac to Monaco as well as limousine connections to passengers from First Class to Economy.
“Emirates started flying to Nice on 15th July 1994, almost 23 years ago,” says Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “Since then, almost two million passengers have travelled with us on the route, with over 200,000 last year alone. We’re excited to see the city join the other 46 destinations Emirates currently serves with the A380 and look forward to being the first airline to fly this iconic aircraft to Nice. We expect the A380 service to further grow the number of leisure and business travellers that visit the south of France throughout the year.”
The twin-deck plane will increase capacity on the Nice to Dubai route by 44% compared to the current service. The news also means that Emirates is the first and only airline to operate an A380 out of Nice Côte d’Azur airport, which in turn is the second destination in France (after Paris) to welcome the mega jet.
From 1st July, the EK77 flight will be solely operated by an A380, which will leave Dubai at 8.45am to arrive in Nice at 1.40pm. The return connection – EK78 – departs Nice at 3.40pm to land in Dubai for 0.10am. Passengers travelling on from Dubai will also enjoy A380 connections to Auckland, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo and more.
“I am thrilled to welcome the A380, a prestigious and iconic aircraft,” commented Dominique Thillaud, President of the Côte d’Azur Aéroports group. “Nice will be the only city in France, other than Paris, to boast a scheduled A380 service. The team at Nice work tirelessly to ensure a smooth arrival, from runway optimisation to boarding bridge modernisation. Emirates’ decision to upgrade its daily service to Nice confirms the appeal of our region, important enough to sustain a year-round long-haul flight.”
Additional services include working with Monacair to offer helicopter transfers between Nice airport and Monaco, including a limousine service from Monaco’s heliport to their final destination. The service will be complimentary to First Class passengers while it is 79€ per passenger for Business Class and 109€ per passenger for Economy Class.