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15 November 2019 | 2 min read

Bookmark This – Helicopter Service Between Mumbai, Pune & Shirdi To Start Next Week

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In a hurry to get from Mumbai to Pune? Or Pune to Shirdi? A US-based mobility app, named BLADE is launching chopper and charter services between these cities, starting Nov 18, 2019. The inaugural fares between Mumbai and Pune begin at INR 19,900 while the fare between Pune and Shirdi begins at INR 18,900 {prices are exclusive of GST}. The helicopter services will be operational between Monday and Saturday from the coming week.

Although the services officially start next week, the first flight will take off on Nov 22, 2019. The first chopper ride will take passengers from Pune to Mumbai, then go to Shirdi and finally return to Pune. A flight from Mumbai to Pune departs at 4:15 pm, Pune to Mumbai at 7:15 am, Shirdi to Mumbai at 3:30 pm, Mumbai to Shirdi at 8:15 am, Shirdi to Pune at 12:15 pm and Pune to Shirdi at 1:35 pm.

In the US, BLADE pitches itself as a premium service in the airspace. BLADE lounges are located across the country, and they boast of helipads, offering the full-treatment from check-in to complimentary drinks. Keeping the same sense of style, the lounges in India has a similar aesthetic to the one in the US. That’s not all – the lounges also boast of Wi-Fi connection and a wide range of refreshments, as mentioned on the official website of the company.

The Pune lounge and heliport will be in Mundhwa, the Mumbai one in Mahalaxmi, and Shirdi in Atma Malik Dhyanpeeth in Chaitanyapuri. Although BLADE offers chartered services to any place in India, the flights between Mumbai, Pune, and Shirdi will operate by the seat. This means that the flights will run, even if all the seats are not booked. Each chopper will accommodate five people.

BLADE’s helicopter services will reduce travel time between the three cities from nearly three to six hours to just 35 minutes. To view flight timings, only register yourself on the website or download the app, although you might need to enter your card details.

by Mary Martina
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