BLADE Launches Third Season Of BLADEone New York-Miami Jet Service During Art Basel Week
Commercial-sized jet with only 16 passenger seats now flying with double the schedule, new in-flight brand partners announced
15 Dec, 2017, 07:00 ET
NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- BLADE's enhanced jet service, BLADEone, offers an experience without peer in the aviation industry. BLADE fliers enjoy an airliner normally accommodating 65 passengers, that has been retrofitted for 16 enabling tremendous additional space as well as the level of personal in-flight service for which BLADE has become renowned.
With BLADEone's spacious and clutter-free cabin, fliers enjoy unparalleled privacy during their flight, rather than the communal atmosphere of shared private jets which are configured for in-flight interaction between business colleagues and families. Given the common area space afforded by the retrofit (including the removal of overhead bins), passengers also have ample room to socialize with other fliers, if they so choose.
"The extensive length of the jet, combined with our unique retrofit, not only provides passengers with a relaxing and enjoyable trip but enables our three BLADE skyC/X flight attendants to provide an unparalleled level of personal service on-board," says Melissa Tomkiel, President of Fixed Wing Operations. "With the absence of awkward seating configurations, such as benches or seats aside office-style tables, our aim is for BLADEone fliers to have an experience much more reminiscent of the golden era of aviation in the 1960's than typical shared private jet shuttles."
BLADE's BLADEone jet service (operated by CFM Management) began its third season during Art Basel week with an expanded schedule adding Thursday evening departures to Miami as well as Monday afternoon returns to Manhattan throughout the season.
Fliers can depart from a Manhattan BLADE lounge by helicopter (landing directly beside the jet) or from Westchester Airport. In Miami, BLADEone lands at and departs from BLADE's flagship Miami Lounge at a private airport. BLADEone avoids all the hassles of large airports and long TSA lines.
Fliers on the inaugural flight of the season departed Manhattan on Thursday, December 7th, arriving in Miami in time for the kickoff of Art Basel weekend.
On Friday, December 8th, BLADE and rag & bone hosted a highly anticipated event at the Faena which proved to be one of the highlights of Art Basel Weekend.
BLADEone jet service is continuing on a weekly basis through April, with flights departing on Thursdays at 6:00PM and Fridays at 2:00PM and returning from Miami on Sundays at 6:00PM and Mondays at 4:00PM.
As always, there are no membership fees required to purchase any of BLADE's offerings.
BLADE Continues Strategic Relationship with Faena Miami Beach for the Second Year
All fliers purchasing two roundtrip BLADEone seats receive complimentary accommodations for the weekend at Faena Hotel Miami–voted Number One Resort Property in America and one of the top hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler's 2017 Readers Choice Awards.
Faena is home to two incredible oceanside restaurants, Los Fuegos by celebrated South American chef Francis Mallmann and Pao by James-Beard award-winning Paul Qui, as well as 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 highly acclaimed original production, C'est Rouge! a sensual and seductive revue of singular vignettes set to Latin American and jazz rhythms.
On holiday weekends, a third night at the Faena is included without additional cost.
New Partners and In-flight Collaborations
This new season of BLADEone service will be marked by exciting new design collaborations, including the appointment of Cynthia Rowley as the Official Designer of the 2018 BLADE C/X Team. Cynthia worked closely with the BLADE team to offer a fresh and modern interpretation of the flight attendant uniform, which will be worn by BLADE's skyC/X flight attendants as well as other members of BLADE's C/X Team both in the air and in all BLADE Lounges across the country.
This year's dopp kit, provided to all BLADEone passengers, was designed by Henri Bendel and contains a unique selection of next-generation personal care products including:
- Sisley Paris skincare products and an invitation for a complimentary facial
- hello charcoal toothpaste and charcoal bristled brush
- Living Proof hair care product
- Fera organic moringa powder
- Sugarfina confections
Additionally, all BLADEone fliers receive an invitation to rag & bone's VIP Program enabling 25% off all purchases made in the new Miami store. BLADE will also arrange for purchases to be delivered to the BLADE Lounge in time for return trips to New York.
Onboard, fliers are provided with iPad Pros pre-loaded with first-run movies, cashmere blankets and plush pillows to enjoy during the flight.
Catering is provided by Dean & Deluca with caviar service by Pointy Snout. VieVité rosé, Casa Dragones tequila, and Bellissima prosecco continue to be important BLADE partners and are also served on board BLADEone.
BLADE, the digitally powered aviation company, leverages mobile technology and an on-the-ground customer experience network to enable travelers to enjoy enhanced yet cost-effective air travel. BLADE's accessible fleet includes more than 60 aircraft, including single-engine, twin-engine and cabin class helicopters; land planes and seaplanes; and heavy jets used for seasonal jet service between Manhattan and Miami. Over the past year, BLADE has increased its serviced routes from three Hamptons destinations to 22 destinations in five states (including Nantucket and the Jersey Coast). BLADE is also the largest arranger of helicopter flights between Manhattan and all area airports. BLADE's network of affiliated operators enables users to book a helicopter and depart within 20 minutes of booking. The four- to six-minute flight typically saves between one and two hours of driving time between Manhattan and most area airports. All BLADE flights are operated by FAA-certified and DOT-licensed air carriers.
Fly Blade, Inc. is not a direct air carrier. Fly Blade acts as an indirect air carrier for public charter flights between Manhattan, Westchester and Miami, with charter flights between Manhattan and White Plains operated by Liberty Helicopters and flights between White Plains and Miami operated by Corporate Flight Management, Inc. Please refer to Fly Blade's Operator-Participant Agreement at www.flyblade.com. For other flights, Blade acts as the agent of the airline, with helicopter flights arranged by Blade being operated by various operators including Liberty Helicopter, Zip Aviation, and other FAA/DOT licensed operators and fixed-wing flights operated by Lima NY Corp. or other FAA/DOT licensed operators. In addition, for flights to any destinations that are charters of the entire aircraft capacity, Blade acts as the agent of the customer.
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