The fastest way to travel between Manhattan and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport just became even easier for Delta customers. Delta will enable a fully integrated, streamlined airport transfer experience through an exclusive partnership with BLADE, a digitally powered aviation company that arranges on-demand helicopter service between its Manhattan heliport lounges and JFK.
Delta’s JFK customers can book an expedited, seamless experience that begins and ends at one of BLADE’s three Manhattan heliport lounges where they may relax in a full-service lounge prior to their five-minute flight.
Upon touchdown, a member of Delta’s Elite Services team will welcome the customer, collect baggage and personally escort them from the helicopter via awaiting ground transportation to the departure terminal, expediting security clearance as they head to their departing aircraft. When it’s time for the Delta flight, the customer is escorted to their seat on board. Bookings are available via the BLADE app.
Delta customers arriving into JFK, including those on transcontinental service from Los Angeles and San Francisco and trans-Atlantic flights from London, can also enjoy a seamless helicopter transfer experience. Delta’s Elite Services will meet customers on the jet bridge as they disembark a Delta flight or immediately after they clear customs, reclaim baggage and whisk them directly to the door of a waiting helicopter for the five-minute flight to Manhattan.
“With Delta, BLADE has found a partner that shares the same customer-centric focus to provide a truly unrivaled travel experience,” said BLADE Founder and CEO Rob Wiesenthal. “The integration of BLADE airport transfers into Delta’s core offerings will enable us to remove much of the friction faced by many frequent travelers: the challenge of quickly transferring between Manhattan and JFK.”
BLADE, the digitally powered short-distance aviation company, leverages mobile technology and an on-the-ground customer experience network, to enable travelers to enjoy air travel that previously was only available to owners and charterers of private aircraft. The company’s unmatched mobile platform bridges the needs of consumers and aviation operators to significantly reduce the cost of air travel on private aircraft by maximizing passenger capacity utilization. While best known for being the largest helicopter and seaplane service provider in the New York area, BLADE has expanded its offerings to include regularly scheduled turboprop and jet service. Additionally, BLADE has rapidly grown its footprint of private lounges at airports, heliports and seaplane docks. The Company now leases and controls four lounges in Manhattan (including one marina based lounge for Seaplane arrivals), the first ever private aviation lounge in Nantucket, as well as its largest Lounge yet, located at the Opa Locka Executive Airport in Miami.
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