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.
“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.”