Wednesday, October 16, 2019

India's first app-based inter-city helicopter service to start ops by October-end

Blade India, the local unit of Fly Blade -- the largest arranger of helicopter flights for civilian travel in the US --will start its India operations by October-end.

The company claims this service to be the first of its kind that runs like a scheduled airline, every day at specific timing, which one can book from their website or app, just like any other air ticket.

The company, which will start off with flights linking Pune, Mumbai and Shirdi, had initially planned to begin operations in March. But that got delayed due to the General Elections. Sources said securing necessary approvals also added to the delay.

The first flight will take off from Pune, taking up to six passengers to Mumbai. It will then take pilgrims to Shirdi, which will be linked to Pune and back. The last flight will take off in the evening from Mumbai to Pune.
"The services will be available six days a week," said Amit Dutta, Managing Director, Blade India. Sundays will be an off day.

The company will start with two helicopters: Airbus HC130 and Bell 407. The company has set up lounges in the three cities. The one in Mumbai is located at the Mahalaxmi race course.
Dutt said passengers can carry up to 10 kg with them. "For those with extra luggage, we will offer an option to deliver their luggage to the destination via a taxi," said Dutta.
16/10/19 Moneycontrol

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