For $500 or more, you can take a helicopter to the Electric Daisy Carnival
Maverick Aviation Group
6 June 2012
Beyond the Sun
Taking a taxi costs between $50 and $60 one way, depending on where the ride starts.
A local limo company offers a round trip for six in a Denali SUV for $300.
Then there’s the ultimate VIP ride to the event — via helicopter.
Maverick Helicopters, a division of the Las Vegas-based Maverick Aviation Group, is offering “a quick and stylish way to arrive and depart from the festival grounds” for the three-day electronic music event scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Using the company’s Eco-Star helicopters with wrap-around glass, Maverick is offering private charter packages starting at $3,000 for up to seven people. Individual seats cost $500 one way or $800 round trip.
A regular flight above the Strip costs $114 per person.
“Fans who choose to travel by helicopter will have an experience they will never forget,” Bryan Kroten, Maverick’s vice president of marketing, said of the 15- to 18-minute flights.
Kroten said Maverick flew charters to last year’s festival.
“Three days before the event, we didn’t have a single reservation, but we finished strong,” Kroten said. “This year, we have a lot of repeat business, and it’s exponentially better than last year.”
The company would not say how many passengers it expects to fly or how much money it anticipates making.
Kroten said most of the company’s customers are high-end carnival fans, celebrities and performing artists.
Maverick also offers helicopter charters to the speedway for the March NASCAR race.
An estimated 115,000 people are expected to attend the dusk-to-dawn electronic music festival each night.
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