NBAA, Blade Partner To Offer Helo Shuttles During BACE

 - October 6, 2021, 10:53 AM

The urban air mobility concept is coming to fruition next week at NBAA-BACE. NBAA has partnered with Blade Urban Air Mobility to offer helicopter shuttle flights for show-goers between the Las Vegas Convention Center and the static display at Henderson Executive Airport 15 miles away.

The shuttles will be arranged through Blade for a per-seat, one-way cost of $99. Operated by locally based Maverick Helicopters, the rides will provide passengers the opportunity to fly over traffic and enjoy aerial views of the Las Vegas strip in an Airbus Helicopters EC130. The flights will seat up to six passengers and run continuously during show hours from October 12 to 14.

Passengers can book seats through the Blade mobile app and will have access to Blade passenger lounges in the north lobby of the convention center’s West Hall, as well as on the aircraft display ramp at Henderson.

“There’s a lot of excitement in the business aviation community about the potential for safe, fast, on-demand vertical air transport over congested urban traffic,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “Through our partnership with Blade, those attending NBAA-BACE will have an important opportunity to experience urban air mobility today.”

Blade president Melissa Tomkiel added that the service enables attendees to experience the urban mobility service as “we continue working with our strategic partners to expedite the transition to quiet and zero-emission electric vertical aircraft.”