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American Airlines will let super-rich passengers take private helicopters to avoid long lines

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19.02.2019

For many domestic flights, the time spent getting to and from the plane could be longer than the flight itself–including driving or riding to the airport, schlepping through the terminal, and inching through security screening. Maybe money can’t buy love, but it can afford less misery for fliers with the means. Today, American Airlines and private helicopter service Fly Blade announce a new partnership in which they will whisk passengers over crowded streets and past long lines at LAX and JFK airports. Running up to $1,600, the service could easily cost more than the flight itself.

Blade is already established as a service that charters helicopters, seaplanes, and jets to the well-heeled. Its offerings include seaplane and helicopter trips between Manhattan and the Hamptons ($795, when I checked), jet flights between New York and Miami ($2,250), and helicopter charters across the greater Los Angeles area. Today, Blade announces a deal between its airport shuttle, Blade Jump, and American’s Five Star personal attendant service.

Customers can charter a Blade flight to JFK or LAX. After they land, a personal escort walks them all the way through priority check-in and expedited TSA........

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