Starting in September 2014, Schindler will begin installing two of its industry leading Schindler 7000 high-rise elevators on the Aiguille du midi. Bringing up to 300 passengers per hour to almost 4,000 meters, they will provide the necessary transportation capacity for one of Europe’s top tourist attractions.
The two Schindler 7000 elevators will be installed in a rock shaft at 3,777 meters and will travel 65 meters to the observation deck. At this altitude the views are incredible, including the best view of Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc. Also on the Aiguille is the famous innovation “Le pas dans le vide”, opened December 21st 2013, where visitors can take “a step into the void” in a glass cage suspended over a 1,000 meter precipice.
Equally breathtaking at this altitude are the challenges for elevator installation. And this is where Schindler’s well-earned reputation for reliability and safety comes into play, not to mention their experience in the area, having installed elevators at similar altitudes in Switzerland.
From the exactness of the preparation necessary to do the job, to having all potential technicians undergo thorough medical checks, to ensure they will be able to work safely and efficiently at that altitude, Schindler France is well prepared to deliver the professionalism and expertise necessary for this demanding installation.
“Considering our heritage and know-how, we are very proud that Schindler was chosen to provide mobility in this extreme environment, and this will just be the latest in our high-altitude successes.” said François Reutter, Director High-Rise Division France. “But it’s more than just putting an elevator in a mountain. With such incredible views across the Alps in France, Switzerland and Italy, our product has to enhance the experience for the visitor, not just be a means of transportation. And the Schindler 7000 is just the elevator to do this.”