From next month, the American helicopter taxi service “BLADE” will be commencing its operations in India with fly-by-the-seat helicopter services between Mumbai and Pune. In addition, BLADE India will also run heli-taxis from Mumbai to Shirdi. BLADE India has obtained all the necessary licenses and permits to run helicopter services from mid-October. The service will be available six days a week every Monday to Saturday from Mumbai and Pune, as well as Mumbai and Shirdi.
As per the reports, the helicopters will have scheduled operational hours, means that they will run even if they are not full to their capacity, and will run on seat-by-seat basis. The helicopter service will reduce the travel time from Mumbai and Pune to only 35 minutes.
Although, the price per seat for this service is yet to be announced, passengers can expect a “dynamic” price system for using the helicopter service. Three helicopters will be operational to transport up to five passengers per vehicle. Mahalaxmi Racecourse helipad will serve the base in Mumbai, Mundhwa in Pune, and Chaitanyapur, Kopargaon in Shirdi.