46. Blade Helicopter, New-York JFK – Manhattan West 30th Street, Xcel Bell 407: Seamless, but the wait was too long

After my delayed commercial flight from Boston, it was time for the helicopter transfer to Manhattan.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypeReview
1LoungeAmerican Airlines Admirals Club, Boston Logan (unreported)
2FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Boston Logan – New-York JFK, Embraer 175
3FlightBlade Helicopter, New-York JFK – Manhattan West 30th Street, Xcel Bell 407
4HotelThe St. Regis New-York
5FlightBlade Helicopter, Manhattan West 30th Street – New-York JFK, Xcel Bell 407
6LoungeBritish Airways & American Airlines Soho Lounge, New-York JFK (unreported)
7FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Boston Logan – New-York JFK, Embraer 175 (unreported)
Today’s itinerary

Ground handling, welcome and boarding

Before and during my commercial flight from Boston, I received a few text messages from the Blade service to coordinate my arrival at the private aviation terminal.

When I arrived curbside, the Blade driver was waiting for me and I was immediately picked up by a huge SUV that took me straight to the commercial aviation terminal.

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On arrival, my ID was checked and I was invited to wait in the boarding lounge. In this lounge, there were no soft drinks, just a coffee machine, which wasn’t very good by the way. The experience was pretty basic.

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After a thirty-minute wait, passengers were invited to walk to the helicopter, and my luggage was carried by a valet.

Cabin and flight

The cabin is very small, with only five passengers allowed on board. When the cabin is full, comfort is truly limited.

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The flight went smoothly, and after six minutes we landed on Manhattan’s West Side heliport.

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Arrival and disembarkation

My luggage was taken care of, and after a trip to the bathroom, I hopped into the Uber Black that was reserved for me, which will took me straight to the St. Regis.

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Bottom line

A really pleasant and seamless experience, but the prolonged wait at the JFK commercial aviation terminal made it a little less seamless.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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