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Urban air mobility (UAM) company, BLADE India, is scheduled to resume its five days a week by-the-seat helicopter services in Maharashtra from October 4, this year.
Booking for the Mumbai – Pune – Aamby Valley route has already opened, the company said in a recent release.
The Blade India initiative, a joint venture between US-based BLADE Urban Air Mobility Inc. and Hunch Ventures, a privately held Indian investment firm, was launched in November 2019. After launching its Maharashtra operations, the company had also announced the launch of operations in Karnataka.
By opting for BLADE India services, travellers can cut down their Mumbai-Pune journey to 40-minute of flight time (compared to six hours of road travel). According to the company, prices for the Mumbai-Pune route start at Rs 12,500 per person with complimentary pick-up and drop-off services, lounge access and benefits from brands such as Audi, BMW Excellence Club, Quorum and others. BLADE also flies to Aamby Valley from both Mumbai and Pune on Fridays and Mondays, where prices start at Rs 5,000 per person.
Flights from Mumbai will take off daily from Juhu Aerodrome, except on Wednesdays, when they lift off from Mahalaxmi Racecourse. In Pune, the helicopters will land at BLADE vertiport in Yoo Villas, Kharadi and on the airstrip in Aamby Valley, five minutes by car to the Aamby Valley villas.
Mumbai residents lose 209 hrs yearly due to rush hour. Driven by a rise in congestion and lack of road space, the #UAM industry shows no signs of stopping. Be it AAVs or EVAs, manufacturers all over are testing prototypes.— BLADE INDIA (@bladeindia) March 17, 2021
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According to the company, its Flier Relations team will take care of the ground transfer and stay bookings while the Flier Experience team will be taking care of the centrally-located.
Karanpal Singh, Founder, BLADE India said, “People are now looking for safety, security and hygiene, these are BLADE’s core strengths. We are set to relaunch our by-the-seat services in Maharashtra. A product designed to deliver time efficiency and convenience.”
BLADE also offers personalised charter service, BLADE Anywhere and bed to bed air medevac service, BLADE Care. BLADE’s charter guests are assigned dedicated relationship managers, customised on-board cuisine, pick-up and drop-off, and varied partner benefits, according to the company.
Information on BLADE Anywhere, daily flights and other BLADE services is available here.
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