To kick off our trip, I met up with my friend at JFK and we took a BLADE helicopter to Manhattan. This time, we chartered the whole helicopter to avoid the luggage issue of our prior journey.
BLADE Helicopter Charter Review – From JFK Airport To Manhattan
My friend prefers the Casa Cipriani Hotel in New York, which is located in downtown Manhattan. The Downtown Manhattan Heliport is adjacent to the property, which was another reason to charter (and therefore avoid having to travel to West 30th Street or East 34th Street). Instead, we could be dropped off right at the hotel.
The cost for the charter was $1,875. It was not comped or discounted. Yes, a splurge.
From JFK, a BLADE representative was waiting outside in a black Lincoln Navigator and drove us over to the heliport at JFK, a five-minute journey. Cost = $100.
Our helicopter was waiting and we were told we could depart when we wanted. There is not much of a lounge at the General Aviation Terminal at JFK, but we sat down for a moment and had a drink (sparkling water).
Then it was off to the helicopter, for the brief 10-minute journey to Manhattan.
My friend was traveling with a lot of luggage, but when you charter a helicopter (with room for up to five passengers), you can bring the heavy bags onboard…which we did.
We lifted off and flew right over an EVA 777 freighter and then a Delta Air Lines 737-800. It was a cold gray day with a cloud ceiling overhead.
Flying over Brooklyn, the Manhattan skyline drew closer and rays of sunlight even peaked out.
We passed Governor’s Island and could see Lady Liberty in the distance.
Coming in, we flew right next to the Casa Cipriani, showcasing how this hotel literally sits directly above the ferry port.
And just like that, we touched down at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport. We stepped off, walked though the terminal, and into a waiting car from the hotel that would take us next door. Our luggage was brought behind us and we were shortly on our way.
What an efficient journey! This sort of thing is for the rich and I was happy to tag along for the ride, though it is not something I would regularly do. It’s by far the best way to travel between JFK Airport and Manhattan and while the Blade scheduled services run as little as $195 per-person, it is great to have your own helicopter. Oh to dream…