Pune darshan will soon take to the skies
The service costs Rs 60,000 per hour, however, the service can be booked for 30 minutes or less as well.pune Updated: Feb 17, 2018 17:02 IST
For the first time in the city, a private company is now offering helicopter rides across the city, giving residents an opportunity to see Pune from the sky and enjoy the aerial view like never before. Mandke & Mandke Aviation (M&M Aviation), a subsidiary of the Mandke & Mandke Infrastructure Pvt Ltd (M&M Group), started the helicopter service from Wednesday. The service costs Rs 60,000 per hour, however, the service can be booked for 30 minutes or less as well.
Sudhir Mandke, founder of M&M group, said, “Pune is a fastest growing city and we believe that it should be one of the best cities in the country. With the city expanding its horizon, this is our effort at boosting the tourism sector by offering residents a very good aerial view of the beautiful city at a reasonable price.”
The helicopter used for the ride is a Robisnson R66, which has been imported from Australia. It has a sitting capacity of four plus one, along with many other luxurious features.
Shailendra Deokule, the marketing head of M&M Aviation, said, “We started the service, called Pune Darshan, from February 14. We have a non-scheduled operators permit which has been approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The ride starts from Pune Lohegaon airport and covers many prominent locations including Shaniwarwada, Pune railway station, Vimannagar and Bavdhan.We also have some special seasonal rides where we offer a 15-minute ride on the helicopter for Rs 3,500 per person.”
The Mandke & Mandke Aviation also specialises in services including charter flights, VIP flying, aerial surveys, videography and photography, film and television shooting, joy rides and religious visits to places like Shirdi, and Pandharpur.
“Though most of our client base are people who are into politics, with the Pune Darshan initiative, we aim to expand our reach and connect with the common man,” added Shailendra.
First Published: Feb 17, 2018 17:00 IST