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In pics: Helicopter service between Pune-Mumbai-Shirdi takes off

Run by Blade India, tickets start at Rs 15,500 a seat

November 27, 2019 / 11:47 AM IST
What would you choose? A four-hour drive that can get even longer, or a 40-minute hop that comes with bird's eye view of your favourite cities?
What would you choose? A four-hour drive that can get even longer, or a 40-minute hop that comes with bird's eye view of your favourite cities?
Frequent travellers between Mumbai and Pune, or those who often go to Shirdi, now have a choice. Blade India, the local unit of Fly Blade -- the largest arranger of helicopter flights for civilian travel in the US -- has started services between these three destinations.
Frequent travellers between Mumbai and Pune, or those who often go to Shirdi, now have a choice. Blade India, the local unit of Fly Blade -- the largest arranger of helicopter flights for civilian travel in the US -- has started services between these three destinations.
Blade India started chartered services on November 15 and passenger services from November 22. On service are Airbus HC130 (like the one above) and Bell 407
Blade India started chartered services on November 15 and passenger services from November 22. On service are Airbus HC130 (like the one above) and Bell 407
A seat can cost upwards of Rs 15,500 and up to Rs 18,990. If you are a frequent traveller, opting for coupons of 10 will make sense
A seat can cost upwards of Rs 15,500 and up to Rs 18,990. If you are a frequent traveller, opting for coupons of 10 will make sense
The trip is pretty seamless. There are Blade's lounges (like the one above at Mumbai's Mahalaxmi Race Course), from where the chopper takes off. The company provides last mile connectivity on request
The trip is pretty seamless. There are Blade's lounges (like the one above at Mumbai's Mahalaxmi Race Course), from where the chopper takes off. The company provides last mile connectivity on request
Encouraged by the initial response, the company now wants to expand services to other Indian cities. By the way, if you want a joy ride, you can book a ticket for that too!
Encouraged by the initial response, the company now wants to expand services to other Indian cities. By the way, if you want a joy ride, you can book a ticket for that too!
Prince Mathews Thomas heads the corporate bureau of Moneycontrol. He has been covering the business world for 16 years, having worked in The Hindu Business Line, Forbes India, Dow Jones Newswires, The Economic Times, Business Standard and The Week. A Chevening scholar, Prince has also authored The Consolidators, a book on second generation entrepreneurs.
first published: Nov 27, 2019 07:59 am

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