Mori Building, the Japanese real estate developer, has enhanced its helicopter service between Narita Airport and downtown Tokyo, offering an EC135 chopper by Eurocopter with interiors by fashion house Hermes.
The 30-minute shuttle, started up in April, is the brainchild of Minoru Mori, company president, who found the trip between Narita and his Ark Hills complex in the Akasaka/Roppongi area time consuming, especially with downtown traffic.
Helicopter ferry is not new to the city, but most flights use the Tokyo Heliport in Shinkiba, southeast Tokyo. Ark Hills is centrally located, and its helipad was underused. By train or car, the journey takes between 60 and 90 minutes.
The Hermes helicopter, introduced recently to the Japanese media, features calf-leather seats and walls decorated with the brand’s signature Toile H fabric used in its leather goods. It takes in four passengers. The service will begin on September 16.
The ride doesn’t come cheap, costing 75,000 yen (US$771) one way and 135,000 yen (US$1,388) round trip. Normal helicopters cost 50,000 yen (US$514) one way and 90,000 yen (US$925) round trip.
However, Mori Building is offering discounts on both types of flights until the end of the year: 57,000 yen (US$586) one way and 105,000 yen (U$1,079) round trip for the Hermes edition and 38,000 yen (US$390) one way and 70,000 yen (US$719) round trip for regular service.
For more details, visit www.mori.co.jp
Margie T Logarta