JITA: Pilots looking for a bit of luxury on the route between Jita and Amarr will soon be able to take advantage of an exclusive members-only spacelane when it comes into service later this year.
The ‘Gold Class’ spacelane, which will be available for a set monthly fee, offers a full range of extras unavailable in the other lanes. Gold Class pilots will be given an extra 2AU warp speed, a newly built top-of-the-range gold painted tunnel system and discounts at various service stations along the route. The whole lane will also be the widest lane New Eden has ever seen, and will be cordoned off from the other lanes with a red velvet rope. It will also be manned by security drones in case any of the non-paying public try to breach the tunnel barriers.
“We live in a society where luxury lovers can enjoy exclusive access to special areas in the nightclub, shuttle system and supermarket,” said project spokesperson Fast Lane. “Given our deep love of expensive spaceships and flying, it seems ridiculous that we hadn’t yet brought this service to the spacelanes.”
While the price has yet to be revealed, organizers have said it would be set “disruptively high” in order to prevent the Gold Class lane from becoming overcrowded.
“We want our VIP users to be able to enjoy privileges befitting of people of their elite status. The Gold Class spacelane will offer them New Eden’s most lavish flight, be it to work, the beach club or the nine-star underwater shopping mall in Amarr.”
Unfortunately for some, the new spacelane won’t be available to all pilots. Only owners of top-end spaceships – a list of which will soon be released – can apply.
“And we’ll be installing security drones along the route – almost like nightclub bouncers – to ensure someone in a rusty Rifter or a clapped out Punisher doesn’t try to take advantage of the lane and ruin the experience for our members,” says Lane.
Response to the proposal has been positive, with several people who regularly fly between Jita and Amarr saying they’d certainly like to give the new luxury lane a go.
“I’ve often thought that it just felt somewhat wrong to be sharing a spacelane with much cheaper ships,” said Vangel-owner TinkerHell. “I look forward to using Gold Class and ensuring my fellow users are similarly high net worth individuals.”
But Freki pilot RudeX X said she believed that, like other facilities across New Eden, there should be a two-tier approach to the new luxury offering.
“It just concerns me that they might be putting, say, a Harpy in the same category as my vastly more expensive ship. Perhaps there should be a VVIP or Platinum Class lane as well for us super-elite,” she said.
Despite this, Lane claims that interest in the Gold Class spacelane has already been “extremely high” and that should it prove a success, there are plans to expand it to other routes across New Eden.
“We’re also looking at making the tunnel from panes of reinforced glass and using genuine flakes of 20-carat gold in the panels, just for that added touch of luxury.”