Just one month after launching continuous helicopter flights between Manhattan and John F Kennedy airports, Blade Urban Air Mobility (UAM) has expanded the service to include LaGuardia airport and Newark Liberty International airport. Blade's service is the largest UAM initiative in the United States and will further advance the company's mission of enhancing the reach and affordability of urban aviation.
“Since expanding our continuous flight service between Manhattan and JFK, we are seeing faster than expected adoption by people choosing to fly to the airport rather than driving,” says CEO Rob Wiesenthal. “It has become immediately apparent that fliers want the flexibility to fly between Manhattan and, not only JFK, but all area airports.”
New routes are between LaGuardia and Manhattan's Downtown/Wall Street heliport, as well as Newark and Blade Lounge East (East 34th Street heliport.) The JFK service will continue to and from Blade Lounge West (West 30th Street heliport) across from Hudson Yards.
At $195 per seat, Blade consistently beats the price of app-based SUVs during rush hour. Complimentary ground transportation between the airport helipad and all commercial airline terminals is included.
Through its alliance with Bell, Blade's airport service utilises Bell 206L-4 helicopters that have one of the lowest noise and environmental footprints in the industry. Certain municipalities in the New York area have designated these helicopters under the 'not noisy' aircraft classification. All flights strictly follow New York City noise abatement routes, altitudes and best practices.
Blade is a digitally-powered aviation company and the largest arranger of helicopter flights for civilian travel in the US. By leveraging its technology platform, its strategic lounge network of 10 dedicated properties in four states and its integrated partnerships with over 30 aviation operators, the company has expanded its offerings from one route in one state to 22 core routes in seven US states. Blade has grown the size of the short distance aviation market in the areas in which it operates.
One of the company's key long-term goals is to make short distance aviation more accessible through quiet, carbon neutral and cost effective aircraft (eVTOL) currently being developed by its investors and partners Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Bell.
Blade UAM is not a direct air carrier. All flights between Manhattan and JFK are operated by DOT/FAA licensed direct air carriers.