So in a new program by flying taxi startup Blade, it giving 200 people in san Francisco and the bay area an exclusive access to its mobile app, allowing them to book helicopters, private jets and even seaplanes at a moments notice for $200 per seat, at least.
According to a report by Business Insider it has worked with Uber in the past to help deep-pocketed Coachella attendees fly to and from the Van Nuys Airport to Palm Springs, renting out six-seat helicopters for more than $4,000 a pop.
To date the company has raised $500 million in venture capital funding, although if you ask me I’ll say soon the company is gonna be faced with some serious competition. This because uber has revealed it has plans on establishing it own aerial ride sharing service.
Then there’s Kitty Hawk, a company launched by former Google vice president and Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun, which is developing an aircraft that can take off like a helicopter but fly like a plane for short-term urban transportation purposes.
Others in the air taxi or vertical take-off and landing aircraft space, including Volocopter, Lilium and Joby Aviation, have raised tens of millions to eliminate traffic congestion or, rather, to chauffer the rich.