BLADE, a leading mobile application for aviation, enabling consumers to easily create flights or book seats for crowdsourced helicopter, seaplane, turboprop plane and jet travel between the New York area and popular regional destinations announces the second season of their BLADEone program, a weekly jet service between Manhattan or Westchester and its flagship lounge in Miami, Florida.
This season, BLADEone will be utilizing a Bombardier CRJ 200 commercial airline jet that is typically configured to accommodate up to 60 passengers, but has been retrofitted for only 16 passengers.
“Given the large size of BLADEone’s interior, passengers have the option to maintain their privacy or enjoy a more communal flying experience. This unique aircraft allows BLADE to provide passengers with superior service and more enjoyable trip when compared to other shuttle services aboard small private aircraft,” says Melissa Tomkiel, President of Fixed Wing Operations, BLADE. “With the absence of awkward seating configurations, such as benches or seats aside office-style tables, our aim is for BLADEone flyers to have an experience much more reminiscent of the MGM Grand of yesteryear than typical shared private jet shuttles.”
In keeping with their brand proposition for a glamorous travel experience, BLADEone has collaborated with Cynthia Rowley and Sarah Jessica Parker as the official designers of the 2017 BLADE C/X Team. Mrs. Rowley designed the C/X Team apparel, an exclusive bonded suede bell sleeve dress, and Sarah Jessica Parker’s SJP designed custom footwear, a block-heeled Mary Jane, in the lines very popular glitter fabrics – “Scintillate.” Select items from the collections are available for purchase on the BLADE website and app.
Guests on BLADEone flights enjoy custom menus curated exclusively by Organic Avenue, VieVité, the official rosé of BLADE for 2017, as well as a dopp kit designed by Henri Bendel. Curated by The Line, it contains a unique selection of next-generation personal care products including Tula Probiotic Skincare products. On return flights to Manhattan, passengers may choose to dine in the Miami Lounge so they can rest during their return trip.
All flyers purchasing two roundtrip BLADEone seats will receive a complimentary oceanfront room for the weekend at the renowned Faena Hotel Miami Beach as well as ground transportation between BLADE’s Flagship Miami Lounge located at Opa Locka Executive Airport. Guests at the Faena enjoy a dedicated Faena Butler who will assist with every need, spacious balconies with ocean views as well as Carrera marble bathrooms and standalone soaking tubs. Faena is home to two highly acclaimed oceanside restaurants, Los Fuegos by celebrated South American chef Francis Mallmann and Pao by James-Beard award-winning Paul Qui, as well as the Tierra Santa Healing House spa, a South American-inspired oceanfront oasis of holistic rejuvenation. Rounding out the hotel’s incredible amenities is a glamorous 150-seat cabaret-style theater which houses its own original production, C’est Rouge! a sensual and seductive revue of singular vignettes set to Latin American and jazz rhythms. On holiday weekends, guests’ stay will include a third night without additional cost.
COST & SCHEDULES
The price for a one-way ticket on BLADEone has been reduced to $1,795 for the 2017 season, as compared to $2,250 last year. BLADE Bounce helicopter service from Manhattan to the side of the BLADEone jet in Westchester will be available for an additional $250 per person. There are no membership fees required to purchase any of BLADE’s offerings.
The BLADEone program operates on a weekly basis through April 16th, with flights departing Manhattan at 9AM on Friday mornings and returning from Miami Sundays at 4PM. Flyers also have the option of departing from or returning directly to Westchester for all BLADEone Miami flights.
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