Uber in the sky? Now you can crowdsource a helicopter and get to the show on time – Orange County Register

A new helicopter service has debuted for Southern Californians who want to skip the traffic and get to the concert in style.

IEX Helicopters, the company that flies folks to and from Catalina Island, has partnered with EvoLux, a national helicopter charter service. Their goal: Get people to use “SkyLimos” like they carpool with Uber and Lyft.

“If two people want to go to a music festival in Palm Springs but cannot afford to charter the complete helicopter, the Evolux Rideshare  capabilities will help the couple find like-minded people going to the same destination (using social media), they share the cost of the helicopter flight, making it more affordable for all,” said Gloria Correa Alcala, the marketing director at IEX, via email.

The service launched in late November.

Interested customers use discussion boards called SkyShare Groups to collaborate with other people willing to share the ride. The price per seat runs from $250 and up to $1,150, depending on how many people book a seat. Some of the Southern California discussion boards include routes from Burbank to Palm Springs, Orange County to Coachella and Van Nuys to Santa Barbara.

“We’ve had our eye on Southern California for some time, where we knew that our app could really help business and leisure travelers self-aggregate on common routes organically and split the cost of a 14-minute flight rather than a 90-minute stop and go drive,” EvoLuxe founder Ray Leavitt said in a statement. “People would rather stay home than go fight traffic to an event on the other side of the metropolitan area.

Leavitt sees a future where helicopter travel is as affordable as commercial air travel.

“You may not use it all the time, but you would definitely use it for sporting events, conferences, golf outings, music festivals, visits to local wineries, and for special occasions,” he said.

The fleet of seven helicopters come and go from any of the region’s airports, according to IEX. The company operates three twin-engine Sikorsky S76 (fits nine passengers), three Astar Helicopters (fits six passengers), one Bell Jet Ranger (fits four passengers).

IEX also notes its prices adjusted as of Dec. 1. A roundtrip helicopter ride to Catalina is $135 per person one way and $270 per person roundtrip.

Information on instructions and heliports can be found at iexhelicopters.com/ or by calling 1-800-228-2566. The Evolux app is available in app stores for Apple and Android devices.

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