Japanese carrier ANA is providing a complimentary helicopter transfer service to
its First Class passengers returning to Tokyo’s Narita Airport that will
link the outlying airport with downtown Tokyo in just 30 minutes.
will be driven from Narita Airport to Narita (Sakura) Heliport, 15
minutes from the main airport terminals, and take a 15-minute flight to
Ark Hills Heliport in Tokyo’s Akasaka district.
ANA’s executive vice-president for marketing and sales, said: “Most of
our intercontinental flights arrive mid-afternoon in Narita and many
busy executives need to get back into central Tokyo within the working
day. This is hopefully a choice that can enhance their lifestyles, not
to mention the thrill of flying so closely over one of the world’s most
exciting and vibrant metropolises.”
The 30-minute transfer contrasts
with the hour-long rail trip from Narita to Central Tokyo station and
between 80 and 120 minutes by airport limousine bus. The service is
operated by Mori Building City Air Services MCAS, which normally
charges JPY57,000 (US$605) for the trip. The company also offers onward limousine transfers from the heliport to hotels or offices in Tokyo for prices ranging from US$20 to US$60 depending on distance.
The service will use a
Eurocopter EC135, which seats four to five passengers, with an interior designed by Maison Hermes of
France. It will be available until
March 31, 2010 and will be offered to First Class round-trip passengers
arriving in Narita on ANA flights from New York, Chicago, San
Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Frankfurt.