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    Blade, the on-demand "Uber for helicopters" startup, wants to help its customers avoid the airport completely.
    The startup has launched a partnership with Delta Air Lines to streamline the transfer process for passengers flying in and out of New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
    Delta passengers arriving to JFK, including from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London, can arrange to be met on the jet bridge by Delta's Elite Services team, who will gather their checked luggage and bring them to an awaiting Blade car on the tarmac.
    That car then brings them to a Blade helicopter, which will get them to Manhattan in less than 10 minutes. Blade operates three lounges in Manhattan, where passengers can arrange to be dropped off.
    Passengers using Blade's services to depart out of JFK will go through an expedited TSA screening process before being transferred to their Delta flight. A Delta Elite Services team member will personally handle their luggage and escort the passenger to their seat.

    "We partnered with Delta given their relentless focus on raising the industry bar on passenger innovation," Blade founder and CEO Rob Wiesenthal told Business Insider. "With Blade, this innovation now includes reducing the time and friction associated with traveling between Manhattan and JFK. "
    The transfer through Delta costs $250 plus $1,000 per seat for the helicopter ride. It can be booked via the Blade app. It's worth noting that a typical Blade airport ride to JFK (without the Delta Elite Services team, and with the typical TSA screening) starts at $195 a seat.
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    I still like the DL Porsche fleet.
    Keep'em Flying

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    It's still here.
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    Is it just me or does this seem pretty reasonable for people who have money and need to be there asap? I would have thought it would be must more expensive.
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    Pan Am used to have a helicopter service between the Worldport at JFK and the top of the Pan Am Building in Manhattan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by isppilot View Post
    Pan Am used to have a helicopter service between the Worldport at JFK and the top of the Pan Am Building in Manhattan.
    I used that a few dozen times in the mid 60's. It was a lot less expensive then. The view of the Chrysler Building, especially on departure, was wonderful - both day and night. I was very glad not to have been on the one that crashed.

    I've had a couple of Porsche rides, which are also great. There's nothing like knowing you're going to misconnect to the last flight of the night with 10 min to get from JFK T4 to T2 and have the rep standing in the jet way holding a sign with your name on it.

    Recently, instead of a Porsche, I had a golf cart and manager meet me in ATL for an otherwise unmakeable connection from one end of ATL-A to the other.

    Delta staff does a GREAT JOB of taking care of customers.

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