|Blade : Uber-for-Helicopters to avoid traffic problem|
Blade, the Uber-for-helicopters service that ferries New York's elites to and from the airport, the Hamptons, and so on, is offering a papal special: For $95, it will take you between East 34th and First and West 30th and the West Side Highway during rush hour. The trip, which loops around the southern tip of Manhattan, should take five to eight minutes once you are in the aircraft.
Currently its available only in Manhattan part of New York City in US but in India its very much needed in Mumbai and Delhi like city where cruising through city traffic is pain for many. Its not going to be cheap ride money-wise but definitely much time will be saved. Looking forward to for someone who will start this service in India.
Possibility in India for chopper ride to airport
Uber already tried this idea for father's day in Mumbai and Delhi and other cities around the world. In India it costed Rs 4,999 per ride , but a scaled version of the ride may cost one third of it for one person for a 10-15 min ride to destination.
At least Uber can start airport ride in chopper to save much time. Hyderabad and Bangalore have their airport very far from city which take at least an hour in normal traffic to reach. This facility may reduce time dramatically to 10 mins in each city , similarly Mumbai and Delhi airports are also out of city.
FAQ provided by blade website.. copied as it is.
WHAT IS BLADE?
BLADE is the first digitally driven short distance aviation company. Powered by an elegant and intuitive app, flights can be booked to the most in-demand destinations within seconds.The App allows users to launch their own crowdsourced charter or book individual seats on flights already created.
BLADE is not a direct or indirect air carrier. Flights arranged by BLADE are currently operated various operators including Liberty Helicopter, Analar Aviation, or other DOT licensed operators. BLADE fixed-wing flights are currently operated by Lima NY Corp and Altius Aviation LLC. For flights to any destination that are charters of the entire aircraft capacity, BLADE acts as the agent of the customer.
HOW DOES BLADE WORK?
It's simple. Go to the App store and download the BLADE App. Complete the registration and you are set. Glance through the list of flights to any of our destinations and select a seat. If what you see doesn't get you in the air when you need to be - simply create your flight by picking the day and time you want to fly.
HOW IS BLADE DIFFERENT THAN HOW I CURRENTLY TRAVEL?
BLADE puts the power of booking a seat to the destinations available through the app and back where it should be — with you.
DO I NEED TO BUY MEMBERSHIP TO USE BLADE?
No membership is required. Simply download the App and off you go.
CAN I BRING LUGGAGE ON THE FLIGHT?
Yes. One small carry on per person is allowed (25 lbs maximum), roughly the same size as a carry on bag on a commercial airline flight. Golf clubs are permitted on seaplanes, but not helicopters. Your luggage will be inspected for size and weight when you arrive to the BLADE Lounge or point of departure.
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