BLADE, the flying taxi company which plans to offer short-distance flight management solutions to the customers launched the services for a selected few people from the Bay Area. The New York-based company has started a new pilot program and as part of the same, it is offering the services to around 200 elites in San Francisco and Silicon Valley by giving them exclusive access to the mobile app from where the users can book helicopter, private jets, and seaplanes. The service comes at $200 per seat minimum.
Founded by Rob Wiesenthal and Steve Martocci, the company has raised $50 million in investment with $37 million coming last year led by Colony Northstar and Lerer Hippeau. The other backers of the company include notable names like Airbus, iHeartMedia, Google executive Eric Schmidt, Alex von Furstenberg, i-Hatch Ventures, Raine Ventures, and Discovery CEO David Zaslav.
The company through the current pilot program is targeting the business travelers as it connects the riders to the San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport to Palo Alto, San Jose, Monterey, and Napa Valley.
Interestingly, the flying taxi segment is getting populated very quickly. Likes of Uber are already working on their plans to launch the flying taxi services and with so much money in the pockets, likes of Uber can have things quite easy than the new players. Kitty Hawk is another firm which is working in the same segment. The company is founded by former Google vice president Sebastian Thrun.
Notably, the firm is looking at India for its next destination. India being the second most populated country in the world, the services might well become massive in the country.
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