Monacair

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Monacair
IATA ICAO Callsign
QM MCR MONACAIR
Founded1988
AOC #MC.003
Operating bases
HubsMonaco Heliport
Secondary hubsNice Airport
Destinations1 (Scheduled)[1]
Company sloganThe Wings of Trust and Safety
HeadquartersMonaco
Key peopleDamien Mazaudier (Managing Director)
Websitehttps://www.monacair.mc/en/

Monacair is a Monegasque helicopter company based at Monaco Heliport, Monaco. The airline provides various services, including: regular helicopter transfers between Nice Côte d'Azur Airport and Monaco, private flights and luxury experiences, helicopter tours, as well as helicopter maintenance, management, and handling services.

By appointment of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, the company has also provides transport for the Princely Family of Monaco, the Government of Monaco and several Chiefs of State visiting the Principality.

History[edit]

Monacair was founded in 1988 by Stefano Casiraghi. Today the majority shareholder are his sons Pierre Casiraghi and Andrea Casiraghi.

Since 1999, the company has been Official supplier to H.S.H the Sovereign Prince of Monaco [2]

In 2015 the airline signed a firm order for 6 Airbus Helicopters H130 aircraft for delivery between December 2015 and May 2016.[3]

On January 1st, 2016, the Princely Government of Monaco assigned Monacair as the sole operator of the regular transfer service between Nice Côte d'Azur Airport and Monaco.[4]

Since 2016, Monacair has made different partnership with several airline companies like Air France, KLM, HOP!, Air Corsica, Emirates, enabling passengers to enjoy check-in services and boarding pass delivery in Monaco in order to delay their departure time from the Principality to only one hour before the boarding gate deadline at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport.[5]

Following these interline agreements, Monacair has become a regular partner of the Tourist and Convention Authority of Monaco, local institutions and major tradeshows and conferences as its regular transfer services allows for an easier transfer between Nice Airport and the Principality.

Services[edit]

Since January 2016, Monacair has been the official and only Monegasque operator of the Regular Line between Monaco and Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport. The company operates over 40 daily flights, scheduled every 15 minutes. Based at Monaco’s heliport and at all Nice Côte d’Azur Airport terminals, Monacair offers a wide range of services in the helicopter industry:

  • Helicopter management, including consulting, housing, pilots, refueling and maintenance.
  • Private chartered flights to all destinations.
  • Handling of passengers, including embarkation/disembarkation, and luggage handling.
  • Handling of crew for non-based private helicopters.
  • Helicopter maintenance.

In September 2015, soon after Monacair won the Gouvernement Princier de Monaco’s tender call, an order for 6 brand-new single-engine H130 helicopters, fitted with enlarged trunks, was placed. The delivery was received between December 2015 & end of April 2016. These helicopters are air-conditioned and are mostly used for the regular line transfers: Monaco-Nice and Nice-Monaco.[6][7]

Monacair’s AOC : MC.003

IATA code : QM

Fleet[edit]

Monacair’s fleet comprises single- and twin-engine helicopters (2012 to 2016), which are partly owned by the airline itself and partly belong to private owners who use Monacair for its management capabilities.

Among which :

  • AW 109 SP (Agusta Westland)
  • AS 365 N3+ (Airbus Helicopters)
  • EC 155 B1 (Airbus Helicopters)
  • H 130 (Airbus Helicopters)
  • AW 139 (Agusta Westland)
  • EC 135 (Airbus Helicopters)
  • H 175 (Airbus Helicopters)
  • AS 350 B2+ (Airbus Helicopters)
  • AS 350 B2 (Airbus Helicopters)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Air France se pose à Monaco". Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  2. ^ "DECISION SOUVERAINE - "S.A.M. MONACAIR"". Journal de Monaco.
  3. ^ "Monacair opts for H130". Airliner World: 7. November 2015.
  4. ^ "Monacair détrône HeliAir sur la ligne Monaco-Nice". Nice Matin.
  5. ^ "Monaco – Nice in the blink of an eye with Air France and Monacair". aviation24.be.
  6. ^ "Monacair, opérateur de ligne régulière Monaco – Nice". TourMag.com. Feb 28, 2016.
  7. ^ "AirbusHelicopter : Monacair commande six H130".