Anne Hunter | August 3, 2014 | People
Blade's luxury helicopter service app revolutionizes travel to the Hamptons.
“There is a euphoria that you feel when you rise above the city and see the traffic below you,” says Evan Licht, general manager for Blade, a helicopter service between Manhattan and the Hamptons that operates through a mobile app. Travelers can use the program to book a flight and reach their destinations in as little as 30 minutes. The service operates in conjunction with the fleet and pilots of Liberty Helicopters, which has operated sightseeing tours and charters out of New York City for more than 28 years. Blade’s helicopter flights take off from Manhattan at the East 34th Street Heliport and land in Southampton, East Hampton, and Montauk. Returning flights to the city land at the West 30th Street Heliport.
Users have two booking options with Blade: purchasing a single seat on a preexisting flight or by crowdsourcing—essentially creating a charter and using the app to help fill the remaining seats, thereby keeping the seat price as low as $450. “Every person’s time restrictions are different,” Licht says. “Some people need to fly out early, some late, but through crowdsourcing, you aren’t beholden to anyone else’s schedule. You pick the day and the time that work for you and then watch your newly created flight get populated by other Blade travelers.”
Blade brings the communal and collaborative approach to booking systems. As Licht says, “The service makes traveling between New York City and the Hamptons more efficient, more collaborative, and more fun.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CELIA ROGGE