Uber has partnered with Blade to offer helicopter rides from Los Angeles down to Coachella this year for the music and arts festival, the festival is held in the desert outside Palm Springs, Calif. during two weekends in April. Tickets goes on sale starting today at 3.00 pm ET (12 p.m. PT) and can be purchased through either Uber app (for customers in L.A. or Orange County) or Blade’s app.
The cost of the flight is $4,170 for a charter which offers one-way flight from the Van Nuys Airport outside of LA to the festival grounds. Each helicopter can contain up to six people at $695 per person. Uber has also included a Casamigos tequila open bar at the airport before boarding the chopper.
Uber normally offers helicopter rides at major festivals like Cannes and Sundance, for the past two years the company had offered helicopter rides also to Coachella in its UberCHOPPER service, this happens to be the first time it is partnering with Blade — known as the “Uber of helicopters” — to offer this service.
Blade previously focused on the East Coast in helicopters, offering rides to and from major New York airports and to vacation areas such as Martha’s Vineyard and The Hamptons. Uber, had also separately offered flights from Salt Lake City to the Sundance Film Festival in January.
Users who reserved a chopper will be picked up by an Uber SUV from any location in L.A. and brought to the airport for their Blade flight to Coachella, as soon as they land they will be taken to Coachella for the festival. Uber is also offering a slightly lower-budget option: An SUV back to LA for $399 for those who reserve a chopper.
Uber an American multinational online taxi dispatch company headquartered in San Francisco, California, was founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009. Its Uber mobile app allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars. In 2014 Uber was ranked by Klout as the 48th-most powerful company in America. By late-2015, Uber was estimated to be worth $62.5 billion.
Blade is a crowdsourced, short-distance aviation company based in New York City. Blade allows users to plan their own crowdsourced flights or purchase a seat on pre-existing flights between Manhattan, the Hamptons, Mohegan Sun Casino, and major surrounding airports. All Blade flights are operated by FAA-certified and DOT-licensed air carriers.