Get Heli launches ‘heli-pooling’ shuttle system
Helicopter charter platform Get Heli has created a pooling system for helicopters, laying the foundations for eVTOL services.
The firm is launching the service to coincide with Glastonbury 2023 music festival, one of the UK’s longest running and biggest music events. The system also brings the costs down and opens helicopter travel to more people, said Get Heli. To travel to Glastonbury via helicopter, the firm is offering flights from London at Denham Aerodrome, for £995 + VAT per person (based on six people sharing a Leonardo AW109 helicopter).
“Some see the travel as part of the experience, but after five days of partying, many see the travel as an experience to avoid,” said Laurent Vallet, CEO of Get Heli. “We know the price tag of travelling by helicopter isn’t for everyone, but our clients group together and, taking into account the almost-certain delays when leaving the festival on the Monday, they see the value in the time saved, not just the kudos of travelling by air.”
Travel chaos is regularly in the headlines for this festival in particular, according to Vallet — with 210,000 people descending on a village built for 10,000 and previous events marred by nine-hour traffic jams and train strikes.
The Get Heli team also believe it is future-proofing helicopter travel. With an eye on the race to introduce eVTOLs or air taxis as replacement or supplement for traditional air shuttle services, the Get Heli pool has been designed for partnership with eVTOL OEMs.
Also by flying helicopters full, the heli-pooling system replicates the sharing model already familiar in other sectors, such as road travel, thereby reducing emissions.