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Want to avoid traffic to the White Party in Palm Springs? David Cooley says take Abbey Air

PALM SPRINGS — David Cooley says he has an idea for anyone who doesn’t want to be stuck for hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic next weekend as they inch their way toward Palm Springs for the annual White Party.

Why not fly?

Cooley, owner of the West Hollywood watering hole The Abbey, and JetSuiteX have announced a new partnership with Abbey Air, a 35-minute flight from Burbank to Palm Springs that will bring the party to the sky for revelers making their way to the desert dance festival. Fares are $199 each way, and reservations can be made at X.Jetsuite.com.

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David Cooley will host a 60-minute, hangar pre-party with Abbey bartenders and DJs, followed by a party in the sky on board a 30-seat Embraer 135 aircraft by JetSuiteX that makes its way to Palm Springs for the White Party. Photo: JetSuiteX

“So many people have homes in Palm Springs. This could be like when people take a helicopter from New York to the Hamptons,” Cooley said in a telephone interview. “People will enjoy sitting on a plane with a cocktail instead of in traffic for five or six hours.

“I hope this is the beginning of more flights to White Party and other places, like San Diego and maybe Puerto Vallarta,” Cooley said.

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The debut flight will depart Burbank Bob Hope Airport May 5 and return from Palm Springs International Airport May 8.

Cooley will host a 60-minute, hangar pre-party with Abbey bartenders and DJs, followed by a party in the sky on board a 30-seat Embraer 135 aircraft, where Abbey signature cocktails will be served.

Cooley said a live DJ will not be in the aisles, but he will be able to recreate the Abbey experience in 35 minutes.

“People have fun in their first five minutes at the Abbey,” Cooley said. “I can easily recreate that in the time we are in the air.”

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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