U.S.Helicopter inaugurated the service on March 27 with its first flights from JRB to JFK. Passengers disembarked at the new American Airlines Terminal 9, where U.S.Helicopter has a dedicated gate.
U.S.Helicopter Corporation will add to its fleet with four new Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopters, with deliveries set to start in 2007.
"We are thrilled to see the service take off, providing travelers with a simple solution to the aggravation of travel to and from their airport," said Jerry Murphy, President and CEO of U.S.Helicopter. "U.S.Helicopter's inaugural flight celebrates the beginning of a more pleasurable, hassle free travel experience, from start to finish. In a world where time is money, U.S.Helicopter saves commuters valuable time that can now be spent more productively."
The first day of regular service included a ribbon-cutting at the U.S.Helicopter gate in the American Airlines terminal. The event was covered by several New York and national media outlets.
"We're trying to rebuild lower Manhattan. This added transportation is important, especially around the Financial District, where a half-hour savings is very important to the business traveler," said Charles Gargano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Empire State Development Corp. Gargano said helicopter service in the metropolitan area is on the rise with 34,000 flights recorded in 2004, up from 12,500 flights recorded in 2002.
The service is designed to meet the needs of time-sensitive travelers worldwide who would otherwise spend upwards of two hours or more (each-way) traveling in a taxi, town car or limo. Dedicated, non-interfering flight paths ensure reliable on-time departures and arrivals.
U.S.Helicopter saves travelers time, stress and the frustration of airline and airport security lines. Passengers are screened by federally regulated TSA security at the heliport, and flights land on the secure side of the airport, at JFK's American Airlines terminal. Those traveling via the American Airlines global network and departing from Terminal 9 are checked-in at the Manhattan Heliport, where they obtain boarding passes and baggage receipts to their final destination, eliminating the need to go through customary airport security at JFK. Inbound American Airlines passengers receive boarding passes and baggage receipts for both their American Airlines and U.S.Helicopter flights, completing check-in to the Downtown Manhattan Heliport.
U.S.Helicopter's service will expand to include flights from the East 34th Street Heliport to JFK. Service to and from LaGuardia and Newark Airports will commence in the second and third quarters of 2006, respectively.
Founded in 2003, U.S.Helicopter provides consumers with scheduled, reliable, fast and affordable helicopter transportation between Manhattan and local airports. All flights utilize state-of-the-art Sikorsky S-76 helicopters configured for eight passengers and flown at all times with two pilots. U.S.Helicopter Scheduled Airline Service is designed for business traveler..." because you're too important to wait."
U.S.Helicopter is headquartered in New York City. For more information, please visit www.flyush.com.