Tuesday, 21 September 2021

BLADE India resumes scheduled by-the-seat helicopter services in Maharashtra

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Mumbai, September 21, 2021: Urban Air Mobility company, BLADE India, has announced the resumption of its scheduled by-the-seat services in Maharashtra today. Due to the spike in cases of COVID-19 during the second wave followed by the Maharashtra monsoon, BLADE had only been flying charters and air-medical evacuation services. With business and leisure travel bouncing back, BLADE has resumed its daily by-the-seat operations 5 days a week starting the 4th of October; bookings are open. 

BLADE is the only air carrier connecting Mumbai and Pune. The 40-minute journey greatly benefits travellers who would otherwise need 6 hours of road travel or 4+ hours of airport procedures and flying. Prices for this route start at INR 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 many more. 

BLADE also flies to Aamby Valley from both Mumbai and Pune on Fridays and Mondays. People can make the most of their weekend with prices starting at INR 5000/- per person. Flights from Mumbai will take off daily from Juhu Aerodrome, except on Wednesdays, where 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, 5 minutes by car to the Aamby Valley villas. 

BLADE’s Flier Relations team will also help make the ground transfer and stay bookings as seamless as possible. BLADE’s centrally-located vertiports are staffed by a seasoned Flier Experience team. With wait times of less than 15 minutes, the entire travel experience is quick, seamless and efficient. Bookings can be made on the website or with the Flier Relations team.

Speaking on the resumption of their Maharashtra operations, Mr. 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 onboard cuisine, pick-up and drop-off, and varied partner benefits. 

With the stipulated safety and hygiene concerns in mind for fliers and staff, BLADE India ensures safety and hygiene protocols are maintained at the lounges and inside the aircraft. BLADE has implemented guidelines issued by the GOI, WHO and industry-leading Health, Safety and Sanitisation protocols designed by its JV partner BLADE USA. Safety measures include regular testing of the crew, contactless temperature checks of passengers and crew, masks, and face shields for all aboard, sanitisation of the lounges and cars, aircraft decontamination with an airline-grade fogging system after each flight. 

BLADE aims to build a network of short haul routes that aren’t as accessible and cut the travel time significantly by providing a seamless, comfortable, and convenient travel solution through it’s by the seat offering.

Information on BLADE Anywhere, daily flights and other BLADE services is accessible on the BLADE India website, www.flyblade.in, on their mobile application BLADE, available for iOS and Android. BLADE Flier Relations team can be contacted on 1800-102-5233.

About BLADE

BLADE is a digitally powered Urban Air Mobility company, providing short haul flights for civilian travel in the United States. By leveraging its technology platform, strategic lounge/terminal network of 10 dedicated properties in four states, and its integrated partnerships with over 30 aviation operators, the company has expanded its offerings from one route in one state to 22 core routes in seven U.S. States. BLADE has proven to grow the size of the urban air mobility market in the areas in which it operates. No company flies more passengers in and out of city centers than BLADE India was launched in November 2019, to bring this world class experience and service to Indian consumers. 

BLADE is committed to the environment, supporting the communities it serves and advancing the future of air mobility. As part of that commitment, BLADE is working to make aviation more accessible by preparing for the adoption of quiet, carbon neutral and cost-effective aircraft (eVTOL) that are currently being developed by its investors and partners. BLADE Urban Air Mobility, Inc. is not a direct air carrier.

About Hunch Ventures

Hunch ventures is a privately held investment firm based out of New Delhi, India. And has invested in a range of sectors including education, healthcare, immersive media, hospitality, food & beverage, logistics and others that may hold distinctive synergies with each other.

At Hunch, we believe in investing into people and partnering with them in scaling their businesses. Entrepreneurs with strong ethics and businesses with a clear online-offline connect that use technology effectively to improve consumer experiences and the daily lives of people.

Hunch works with its founders in scaling their business by leveraging its global network to forge synergies within its diverse portfolio. Current portfolio of Hunch includes: Comprehensive Healthcare Systems (Healthcare, USA), MyHealthcare (Healthcare, India), Fly BLADE (Urban air mobility, India), Jamie’s Italian & Wendy’s (Food & beverage, India), Oceanaire (experiential travel, India), VMobo Inc (Retail, USA), CloudRaxak (Technology, USA), Goodtimes (Media, India), Quintessentially Lifestyle (Retail, India), Empowertrans (Infrastructure, India), Roots Ventures (Alternate Investment Fund, India), SpotDraft (Technology, India), The Quorum (Hospitality, India), The Circle (Lifestyle, India), GALAXY Gold (Mining, Global), Kalpnik (Immersive Media, India) and Mercantile Ports & Logistics limited (Port & Logistics, India).

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