Uber and Blade team up to provide helicopter rides to Coachella
Once Uber proved its viability and turned the transportation industry upside down, it was only a matter of time until their concept would branch out into other forms of travel. Soon after, Blade appeared, an app for well-heeled East Coasters to schedule a ride on a helicopter to and from numerous cities including the Hamptons, South Beach, Nantucket, and Cape Cod. Now the two transportation apps have teamed up to provide helicopter service to this year’s Coachella.
In the spirit of corporate synergy, the service is dubbed “UBERChopper powered by BLADE” and will cost $695 per person for a one-way ride from Los Angeles out to the festival. Users will be picked up by Uber and driven to Van Nuys airport where they will wait in the Blade L.A. Lounge before taking the 55-minute helicopter to the Palm Springs Blade Lounge before taking another Uber to the festival property. A full bar will be available to patrons at both lounges.
Blade had previously diversified its offerings by providing speedboat transport from South Beach to Downtown Miami and vice versa for Ultra Music Festival, with a generous bar to boot. After experiencing Blade’s superlative service in Miami – which consisted of ultra-luxe seating and friendly staff-turned-bartenders – it is certain that UBERChopper will be well worth the additional funds.
Up to six passengers can fit in Blade’s Bell EC 130 helicopter. The app has already begun taking reservations through both the Uber and Blade apps.