American Airlines is offering its elite fliers a new way to beat the traffic to and from New York and LA airports.
It is expanding its exclusive Five Star Service to offer private helicopter transfers from charter operator Blade.
Customers flying out of Los Angeles or New York can skip the traffic with a private pickup at a downtown destination of their choice.
They will then be flown to the airport by helicopter and escorted via Cadillac to the Flagship First Check-In.
“The No. 1 pain point of traveling from New York City and Los Angeles to the airports is traffic. Our Blade airport transfer product turns an hour-and-a-half drive into a helicopter flight that’s five to seven minutes,” said Rob Wiesenthal, founder and CEO of Blade.
“Blade and American Airlines will now provide customers with a seamless experience from the door of the helicopter to their seat on their American flight.”
The transfer service is available to customers who reserve a private transfer through the Blade app.
AA is also touting the exclusive service of The Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport.
It includes private expedited security screening with Cadillac escort across the tarmac directly to their gate or the Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining.
“We understand the value our customers put on their time and personalized end-to-end travel experience,” said Janelle Anderson, VP of global marketing.
Blade and The Private Suite are available as add-ons for travelers buying Five Star Service or Five Star Select.