“Spend little more money and save lots of travel time as the good news is here for all tourists and air ride lovers in Mumbai and around Maharashtra. Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt Ltd (MEHAIR) who is already operating and giving Seaplane services around India and specialized into aircraft’s with land and water bodies flying facilities (Amphibian) has started their services to and from Mumbai juhu Airport covering famous tourist spots near city, With head Office in Mumbai itself. We already have private helicopter services, Rental Planes Aircraft’s, But not the mass crowd can afford the same, So lets know more about this valuable and time saving seaplane travel service, which is for some an adventure air water trip ride and few others a alternative business trip option. Be anything this seaplane service from Mumbai is a sure new tourist attraction for city..”
Jump To : [ To Lonavala Pawana Dam ], [ To Aamby Valley Varasgaon Dam ], [ To Shirdi Mula Dam ], [ To Chakan Talegaon MIDC Bhama Askhed Dam ], [ Nashik Gangapur Dam ], [ Mahabaleshwar Panchgani Wai Dhoom Dam ], [ Possible Upcoming Juhu to Nariman Point ], [ Aircrafts Details ], [ Costings, Bookings and Cancellations ], [ Contacts and Address ], [ Updates ]
Lonavala being the first and most visited tourist destination of monsoon started by MEHAIR’s seaplane aircrafts. Its a beautiful idea and a great start (25th August 2014) during monsoon itself as privat vehicle was till date the only convienent option to enjoy a one day picnic at hills of lonavala, else reacing via trains and then hiring a private cab from their. It takes anywhere from 2 to 3 hours for a single way journey from Mumbai which will now be covered within 25 minutes via this aircrafts. Mumbai citizen can enjoy this fun air ride taking off from Land at Juhu Aerodrome and Land on the wide open Pawana Dam at Lonavala. Both the takeoff and water landing experience will be full of fun and excitement.
Aamby Valley Varasgaon Dam
As a part of Phase 1 project, Lavassa and Amby Valley are also on the list of seaplane transit system, for which Varasgaon Dam has been selected as water landing point. Complete greenery, Many Water falls and silent lonely road journey. Lavasa is about 35 kms from this dam. Enjoy the private Aamby valley and spend days in leisure before you take a return seaplane journey to Mumbai or any alternative for same.
Shirdi Mula Dam
This destination location selected is at Nashik (to reach Shirdi, Shani Shingnapur and Meherabad) which will take about 35 minutes total time and landing will be done on Mula Dam, Ticket fare costing for same may be Rs.6000. From Mula Dam, Shani Shingnapur and Meherabad are nearest compared to Shirdi, So another 35 km to reach the destinations. Pre-booking of that road services can be done with flight services.
Chakan Talegaon MIDC Bhama Askhed Dam
While Chakan seaplane ride will attract more of businessman who can take advantage and save lots of travel time, as Chakan is basically a Industrial Hub with SEZ location. major automobile industries have their plant which is about 150 to 160 km from Mumbai city. Definitely a boost for Automobile and Small big industries in this region.
Talegaon on the other side is about 120 to 130 km from Mumbai, falling under Pune city zone in Mawal taluka. A historic tourist destination with lots of temples and attractions like Sai Baba Kripa Temple and Chavadi at Shirgaon, Shiva temple, Bhawani mata temple, Sant tukaram temple, Khandoba temple, Bhairavnath mandir, Ganapati Temple, Dharmanath, Kadjai Temple, Celebrity Wax Museum, Tulja Bhavani Temple, Balaji and Swami Samarth, Baneshwar and Shankar Temple. An famous attraction being Balekilla Jhallak hills. Land in the water of Askhed Dam located in Khed area of Pune and enjoy all this locations.
Nashik Gangapur Dam
Seaplane will take you to Nasik and the landing will be done at Gangapur dam. People says the dam a very beautiful gift of nature and is one of the very longest earthern dam in Asia.It has Sun, Mountain, Greenery, Lakes and a Garden around. It also have beautiful orchards with varieties of vegetables grown. Dam water is pure and chilled with water bodies around. The dam location is isolated and is good for daytime only. The sunset is beautiful from here.
Although a seaplane ride is worth to this dam which is about 10 km from Nashik city and itself has many things to see, nashik as a city has some beautiful attractions like Someshwar quite near to Gangapur dam at at about 7 to 8 km from Nashik city. Someshwar is scenic and an ideal film shoot location with a waterfall called ‘Dudhsagar’ which is 8 to 12 meter long. More attractions in area are Sula Vineyards, Deolali, Pandavleni Caves and Panchavati and Trimbakeshwar which is about 25 km from city.
Mahabaleshwar Panchgani Wai Dhoom Dam
Ok so the Seaplane from Mumbai has landed at Dhoom Dam which is about 9 km from Wai, a beautiful dam for Monsoon days. The Aerial view of this Dam is very beautiful from Kate point in Mahabaleshwar. It also has a water boat ride by Sahyadri boat club which cost about Rs.400 for about 5 to 6 people seating. Overall when you drive down from Panchgani towards Dhoom Dam the journey is very scenic.
Then mahabaleshwar and Panchgani itself is a beautiful hill station for overnight stays, Just explore the hills and have fun.
Possible Upcoming Juhu to Nariman Point Seaplane
Update : As of October 2014, a trial has been already done by MEHAIR, The aircraft ‘Cessna 208A’ took just 7 minutes from Juhu Aerodrome to Reach ‘Girgaum Chowpatty‘ in south Mumbai.
Below were some tentative information and will be updates soon the flight takes off for public commuting..
A great boost to tours and travel industry of Mumbai, But for initial few months local citizens will sure rush and advance book this adventurous air ride which is really cheap because according to the seaplane company they may merely charging Rs.750 (Approximate United Stated $13) for a air journey starting from Juhu Airport till Nariman Point. That’s a wonderful news for citizens as any cool cab will take equal charges and may take anywhere above 1 hour to reach nariman point by road, where as its will just take 5 to 7 minutes for a seaplane ride.
As detailed above, Maritime has already planned public service at cheapest rate possible for such a great time saving travel option and of course a great adventure joy ride option for those ready to spend Rs.750 per person to enjoy the aircraft ‘Cessna 208A’. This great air ride travel option gives a group / family of 9 people to enjoy the ride together at mere cost of Rs.6000/- which is just WOW. With a great aerial view right from Juhu airport till Nariman Point, One can see breathtaking view of Bandra Worli Sea Link from Top, South Mumbai Skylines and that huge Arabian sea with shinny water, is till date the best and cheapest option.
With such things planned in Mumbai, what i feel is the services may easily start soon and be available for people at and beyond suburbs till far north locations like Virar, as it is well connected to the same Arabian sea with beaches available around for landing. For example, Seaplanes can easily travel from Juhu airport to Borivali Gorai or may be a service directly till Esselworld and Water Kingdom theme park, Or till Arnala beach in Virar which have many other tourist attractions around Or till Daman beaches. Hope the best of luck to this seaplane service of Mumbai and cheers to citizen for enjoying air rides.
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Currently 2 types of amphibian aircrafts are deployed for this service. First one being a four seater 2 adults + 2 childrens (Cessna 206) white color aircraft with red straps and other one a 9 seater white color beautiful aircraft with blue and yellow straps around which can carry a family or group of friends, all adults. Its a specially designed aircraft, safe and secure covering and following all the safety norms that are applied to big commercial flights. Specialty of these seaplane aircrafts is that, it can takeoff and land on both Water and Land. For example, to reach a destination like lonavala, this plane will take off from Juhu Airport and will land in Pawana Dam within 30 to 35 minutes. More number of such aircrafts are been planned and will be used in coming time. Taking safety into consideration just like the big aircrafts, Only experienced pilots with good track records will be flying passengers to and from Mumbai. When it comes to safety, company has taken all the ISO and OHSAS certificated and also been awarded as Entrepreneur of the year in startup category for 2013.
Both Amphibian aircraft’s are ready for Phase 1 launch. 10 feet Deep water is what this ‘Daily Charters’ required to land and stand, Also a water runway / space of 1 km is required for takeoff. The height at which those aircraft will fly will be 700 to 3500 feet.
Costings, Bookings and Cancellations
Costing : Amount spent per person for this seaplane experience will be approximate Rs.2999 for Lonavala. We will update on other destinations rates soon as it starts. Also for locations like Nashik etc the rates will change and may go upto Rs.6000. Below is the sample costing as shown exact on their website step by step. But with time this may change, It is better to contact them for exact costings and Reservations.
Step 1. Search Flights and it gives options for Start and End Journey Locations, Total Adults + Total Childrens + Total Infants, and Departure Date. Adults age limit is 12 years and above, Childrens age limits are 2 to 11 years old and below that are Infants.
Step 2. In step 1 i entered 3 Adults + 2 Children and it takes you to Flight Availability Details. As seen as of now they fly 2 rounds of Aircraft takeoffs with timings as 10:30 AM and 15:30 PM, Journey time shows as 25 minutes for Lonavala and Total Fare costing Rs.11,996 ( 3 Adults Rs.8007 + 2 Children Rs.2669 ). No extra surcharges or Services taxes as applied and inclusive inside package. Select anyone of 2 flights available.
Step 3. Review the Trip you selected. Important note here is the baggage and belongings allowed to carry. Only single handbag with maximum weight of 5 kg is allowed Per Person. Also the size of the bag should not exceed 17 x 17 into 4 inches.
Step 4. Proceed to Online payment.
Step 5. Confirmation of your Seaplane booking with flights and other details.
- Cancel before 7 Days of Flight Date and Only 25% will be charges as cancellation charges.
- Cancel from 7th to 3rd day prior and 50% will be charges for cancellation of service.
- If you plan to cancel the trip at last moment to 72 hours before flight time, 75% of base fare will be charged as cancellation fees.
- Cancellation due to low number of passengers in flight (Only 30% fill ration) is possible and passengers will be informed with options for 100% refund or change of flights / dates etc. Passengers need to reply back.
Contacts and Address
MEHAIR (Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt Ltd),
1st Floor, Sanghvi Udyan,
V L Mehta Marg, JVPD, Mumbai – 400049
Contact : +91-22-26172929 / +91-22-26166646