By now, we've gotten used to the fact that, for just about anything that exists, there's an app.
This wasn't always the case. Up until 2009, it was impossible to pull a smartphone out of your pocket, push a total of three buttons and order car service to pick you up right where you're standing.
If you think that's amazing, you'll be completely mindblown by the BLADE app.
Think of it as having your very own private helicopter conveniently located in your back pocket. BLADE allows you to book luxury helicopters and high-end seaplanes for up to 90 minutes of flight time.
BLADE, based out of New York, is the world's first mobile-based digital platform offering short-distance aviation at an incredibly reasonable price point.
Whether you want to book a flight from Manhattan to East Hampton for a brief getaway or you're looking to go incognito in Cape Cod, BLADE makes arriving in James Bond fashion an effortlessly tangible reality.
Other destinations include Mohegan Sun, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Fire Island Pines and surrounding NYC airports. Not in or around the Big Apple? No worries, expansion is on their radar.
BLADE's General Manager, Evan Licht, tells us,
Our goal is to literally own the short-distance aviation experience which we define as under 200 miles of travel, certainly domestically and internationally.
Think of it as Uber for luxury aircraft, but infinitely better for a handful of reasons.
Not only are you arriving to your desired destination in a helicopter and ditching the grueling street traffic in the process, but you're also given the satisfaction of being in good hands from the moment you book your flight to the moment you land.
Elite Daily had a chance to experience BLADE, and let's just say, we could get really used to this:
If you've ever dreamed of being able to book a private flight on your smartphone with ease, look no further than BLADE.
The company, based out of New York, offers short-distance flights to and from various surrounding destinations.
It's simple. Download the app, enter your payment information, select your desired helicopter and book your flight.
Not a helicopter person? Book the BLADE Aqua seaplane instead!
Choose a morning flight...
An afternoon flight...
An evening flight...
Or a breathtaking late-night flight...
From there, you'll make your way to one of the BLADE lounges, where you'll meet the BLADE team members, who are all dressed in chic outfits designed by Tamara Mellon.
As you can see here, the lounges are more like one of NYC's best kept secrets:
Once you're greeted by the welcoming staff, your bags will be taken and you'll be offered a drink. Rosé anyone?!
Did we mention you can take your drinks with you while you fly?! Because you can.
In a sense, your getaway began the moment you hit this button:
BLADE isn't only for weekend getaways. You can book flights using BLADE Bounce, which will fly you to nearby airports, too.
Let's say your flight is grounded due to inclement weather. BLADE offers ground service to and from your destination at no extra cost.
Need a ride to your Hamptons home after you land? Behold, the BLADE Jeep:
Or, if you're landing in the water via seaplane, prepare for a splash landing in a nearby backyard:
So, tell us: Why limit yourself to trains, town cars and crippling traffic? The future is here with BLADE.
And how could you possibly resist the signature BLADE rosé sippy cup? So many questions...
Even the New York Giants' Victor Cruz knows what's up!