Helicopter Transfers at JFK with BLADE - FAQs   

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 transatlantic flights, 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. 


Frequently Asked Questions  
1. What is the Delta – Blade Partnership?

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.

2. Where is this available?

Initial launch is for transfers between Manhattan and JFK Airport. Other airports and locations will be evaluated in the future.

Three Manhattan heliports are available for customers to choose from:

  • BLADE Lounge East – 499 E. 34th Street, New York, NY

  • BLADE Lounge West – 12th Avenue and West 30th Street, New York, NY

  • BLADE Lounge Wall Street - 6 E River Bikeway, New York, NY

At JFK, helicopters land at Sheltair - General Aviation Terminal, Building 145, Jamaica, NY 11430

3. What Blade products are available?

Blade offers many other services including helicopters from Manhattan to The Hamptons, private jet packages to Miami and seaplane flights from Manhattan to the Cape and Islands. These products can be booked directly with Blade but are not part of the Delta airport transfer program.

4. What Delta air segments are eligible to book this service?

Any Delta customer traveling in any class of service may book Blade and the Delta transfer option. The Delta air segment must be operated by Delta or Delta Connection only. Alliance and Joint Venture (Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Air France/KLM, etc.) itineraries are not permitted.

5. How do I book it?

Customers will initially be able to purchase by going to flyblade.com, or by using the Fly Blade app. This product is subject to availability at the time of booking.

Delta is exploring other booking avenues, but at launch all booking should be made through Fly Blade.

6. Is there a segment created in the PNR?

No, the Blade helicopter segment exists exclusively on the FlyBlade app and in their proprietary platform. As this is not scheduled service operated by an airline, there is no segment to sell or price in to the itinerary.

7. How much does it cost?

This product is priced above and beyond the air-travel portion of the customers’ journey and is comprised of two charges: the helicopter charter costs which vary based on the size and type of helicopter selected by the customer and the cost for the Delta transfer and coordination to ensure a seamless experience.

For example:

  • One-way helicopter from Manhattan to JFK Airport, customer chooses an A-Star, cost is $1,095

  • Integrated Delta handling on arrival at JFK, transfer to your waiting Delta departure, cost is $250

8. When can I buy this?

Service is available now, but must be booked via FlyBlade.com or via the FlyBlade app. The best experience will be via the FlyBlade app available for Apple and Android devices.

When choosing which Blade product, customers must select “Charter When You Want” in order to qualify for the coordinated transfer to/from the Delta flight.

“Purchase a seat on a scheduled flight” is a crowdsourced flight, at a reduced price point and is currently not eligible for coordinated transfer to/from Delta.

Customers must book their Blade and Delta transfers a minimum of 24 hours before their Delta departure or arrival.

9. Is this commissionable if booked by an agency?

No, it is not commissionable.

10. Hasn’t Delta done this before?

Delta had a code-sharing agreement in place with US Helicopter in 2007-2009. US Helicopter operated as a scheduled airline with published departure and arrival times. US Helicopter ceased operations in 2009. Our partnership with Blade allows customers to customize their helicopter transfer.

Delta’s partnership with Blade is NOT a code-share, there is not a flight number issued for the Blade segment.

11. Who is BLADE?

BLADE, the digitally powered short-distance aviation company, leverages mobile technology and an on-the-ground customer experience network to enable travelers to enjoy enhanced yet cost-effective air travel. BLADE's accessible fleet includes more than 60 aircraft, including single-engine, twin-engine and cabin class helicopters; land planes and seaplanes; and heavy jets used for seasonal jet service between Manhattan and Miami. Over the past year, BLADE has increased its serviced routes from three Hamptons destinations to 22 destinations in five states (including Nantucket and the Jersey Coast). BLADE is also the largest arranger of helicopter flights between Manhattan and all area airports. BLADE’s network of affiliated operators enables users to book a helicopter and depart within 20 minutes of booking. The four- to six-minute flight typically saves between one and two hours of driving time between Manhattan and most area airports. All BLADE flights are operated by FAA-certified and DOT-licensed air carriers.

12. What is the customer experience?

Once Delta air travel is booked and the customer has booked their Blade transfer to Delta the day of travel journey is:

 

From Manhattan to a Delta flight at JFK?

Travel begins at one of three Blade Lounges located conveniently around Manhattan to board your helicopter to JFK for a quick 6 minute flight to JFK

Blade Lounge East 499 E. 34th St, New York, NY 10016

Blade Lounge West 12th Ave and West 30th St, New York, NY 10010

Blade Lounge Wall Street 6 E River Bikeway- Main Terminal, New York, NY 10004

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

 

From Delta flight at JFK to Manhattan?

Upon landing at JFK, you will be met by a Delta representative who will escort you directly into a car on the tarmac (assuming no checked baggage) for transport to your awaiting helicopter for the 5 minute flight to Manhattan.

If you are arriving on an International flight, a Delta representative will assist you through Customs/Immigration, gather your checked bags and then transport you directly to your awaiting helicopter.

 
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