By Paul Riegler
Delta Air Lines announced it will once again offer a helicopter transfer service between John F. Kennedy International Airport and Manhattan starting April 24.
The transfer service, which will take roughly five minutes, will be operated by Blade, an on-demand aviation company. Blade has three heliport lounges in Manhattan.
Delta will charge $250 on top of Blade’s standard fee, which is $195 from Manhattan to JFK on a scheduled flight.
The Atlanta-based airline previously offered a similar service in partnership with US Helicopter.
“We’re proud to be the only airline facilitating an on-demand helicopter transfer that is curated specifically for Delta customers,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s chief marketing officer, who added that the new offering is “in line with the enhanced premium amenities and services they have come to expect from our brand.”
Blade offers a full-service lounge at each of its three heliports prior to the trip to JFK. Upon arrival at the airport, the passenger will be met by a member of the airline’s Elite Services team who will escort him by car to Delta’s terminal, provide expedited security clearance, and accompany him to his seat on board the plane.
Upon arrival at JFK, the passenger will be escorted from the jet bridge (or after clearing customs) to the door of the helicopter.
The new service may be booked via the Blade app.