Blade Helicopter, Manhattan West 30th Street – New-York JFK, Xcel Bell 407: Excellent ground service

To round off this short stay in New York, a short helicopter ride back to JFK. The convenience of this mode of transport could make me addictive

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


As for the outward journey, I had to make a number of changes to my booking for this flight.

Given the uncertainty surrounding this itinerary, and to avoid costly modification or cancellation fees, I waited until I had completed the outbound leg before booking the return.

So I booked my helicopter flight the day before departure, allowing me to arrive at JFK airport two hours before my flight, a delay necessitated by the two conference calls I had to take part in before my flight to Boston.


I leave in an Uber from the St. Regis New-York about 45 minutes before my flight to JFK.

I arrived about ten minutes later at the 30th Street / 12th Avenue boarding terminal, the one by which I had arrived.


Pre-boarding welcome

The reception was very charming and I waited while the Blade hostess finished checking in passengers for two previous flights. A few moments later, she proceeded to weigh my luggage and check-in formalities. I was offered a drink and take a double espresso, which turned out to be excellent.


It’s a very pleasant place, and the wait was shorter than expected, as the passengers are all accounted for and the crew was ready to take off for JFK.


Boarding and flight

The stewardess on the ground escorted us to the helicopter. I did not have to worry about my baggage, which was taken care of until I arrived at the departure terminal for my commercial flight.


Once on board, the pilot gave us the safety briefing.

And after a magnificent 6-minute flight, we arrived at the JFK business aviation terminal.


Arrival and disembarkation

Two Blade stewards picked us up and took charge of our luggage, leading us to the cars that took us to our departure terminal.


I was alone in my car, and my driver dropped me off at JFK terminal 8, where my flight to Boston departed from.


Bottom line

Another very successful experience. Obviously, it’s not for everyone. But if you’re traveling alone and in rush hour, it’s definitely worth it.

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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