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:

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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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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