Dying to go to the White Party in Palm Springs but hate to fly coach? David Cooley, owner of L.A.’s the Abbey, is partnering with charter company JetSuiteX on Abbey Air, a direct flight to the West Coast’s biggest gay party.
The inaugural 35-minute flight, aboard a well-appointed 30-seat Embraer 135, departs from Burbank on May 5 and returns from Palm Springs on May 8.
“I flew JetSuiteX to Las Vegas recently and had such a pleasant experience,” Cooley says. “It was so easy to get on board, the staff was so nice, that when I got home I reached out to them and said I would like to tie our brand with your brand.”
Passengers are greeted at the hangar by Abbey bartenders mixing signature cocktails and resident DJ Dawna Montell spinning dance tunes. (The return flight on Monday afternoon offers mellow tunes and Bloody Marys for those passengers in recovery mode.)
The Abbey’s profile is on the rise these days, with a a new reality series on E!. Cooley adds if Abbey Air is a success, “we would definitely do more flights for other big weekends or to Vegas.”
Air Abbey fares begin at $199 each way. Purchase tickets at the JetSuiteX website.com.