Blade, a flying taxi company headquartered in New York City, is the Uber for planes and helicopters. Under its current program in San Francisco, Blade has given exclusive rights to download the app to 200 people. They will be charging $200 a seat per ride. For many, this could save money in the long run. The time saved by avoiding traffic could make a huge difference in compact cities like New York and Los Angeles.
The company also offers $800 trips from the New York City area to the Hamptons. The ultimate goal for Blade is to reduce the travel time, mostly for wealthy businessmen, in areas known for heavy traffic. This is currently one of the only ride sharing flight companies in the world, there are many others developing their own. UberAir is set to take flight as early as 2023 and has already collected billions of dollars in investments.
The next step for Blade is to expand into one of the most populated countries in the world, India. There could be a large market in cities such as Mumbai and New Delhi, two of the most densely populated cities in the world.