India's first app-based helicopter service will start operations by October end.


Blade India, the local unit of Fly Blade - an arranger of civilian travel in the United States - will power the first of its kind project.

Promising to run like a scheduled airline, the service will give you the opportunity to book a ride from the website or app and reach your destination in the most convenient way.


That'll make air travel easy, just like any other mode of transport commonly available in metropolitan cities.

Source: Money Control

The company will start off with flights linking Pune, Mumbai and Shirdi.


The initial deadline set for March, 2019 had to be postponed earlier due to the General Elections.

Source: Live Mint

The helicopters, Airbus HC130 and Bell 407, will ply for six days in a week, starting from Pune with up to six passengers.


Upon reaching Mumbai, the helicopters will then take pilgrims to Shirdi, which will be linked to Pune and back, reports Money Control.

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Giving out more details, Amit Dutta, Managing Director, Blade India said:

The services will be available six days a week. Passengers can carry up to 10 kg with them.
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Blade's first unit outside the US, the project is a partnership with Hunch Ventures, a Delhi-based equity investment firm, which has deployed over $100 million in consumer-facing businesses in India.