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BLADE Adds Pre-Flight COVID Tests For Shared Private Jet Flights

As airlines begin pre-flight COVID-19 testing, BLADE Urban Air Mobility said it is now offering and requiring pre-boarding testing for its scheduled private jet services within the United States. The requirement applies to all passengers, cabin attendants, and BLADE lounge employees for all shared jet flights. It’s included in the ticket cost.

Its current schedule includes flights New York to Miami and Aspen. BLADE offers passengers private lounges in Manhattan (at West 30th Street for helicopter transfers), Westchester Country Airport, north of New York City, and Opa-locka Airport in Miami. In Aspen, it uses private aviation facilities, so customers avoid the main airport terminals used by airline passengers in all cases.

BLADE is now offering and requiring pre-flight COVID-19 testing for passengers on its scheduled, … [+] shared private jet flights.


The pre-boarding testing is administered before check-in. It is performed on-site by CrowdRX, a division of Global Medical Response.

Melissa Tomkiel, general counsel and president of Fixed Wing at BLADE, said, “Testing was always on our timeline for our shared jet services. Now that we are satisfied with the safety, reliability, and ease of our testing program, it has been integrated into our pre-boarding protocols.”

The BLADEone jets seat up to 50 passengers as configured by regional carriers. On its semi-private flights, they have just 14 or 16 seats organized in a 1×1 configuration. That means that there is always an aisle width between you and the next passenger.

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