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US Helicopter

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US Helicopter
Founded 2004
Alliance Delta Air Lines[1], Continental Airlines[2],
Fleet size 3
Destinations 5 scheduled, many other chartered
Company slogan "The 8 minute airport shuttle"
Headquarters New York City, New York
Key people Jerry Murphy

Donal McSullivan

  • Senior VP & CMO

George J. Mehm Jr.

  • Senior VP, CFO & Treasurer

Terence O. Dennison

  • Senior VP & COO

Gabriel Roberts

  • VP Finance & Administration

US Helicopter is an independent air shuttle service that operates regularly scheduled helicopter flights from Manhattan to Newark and JFK airports. Flights leave from Downtown (near Wall Street) and Midtown (East 34th Street) Manhattan Heliports to Delta Air Lines Terminal 3 at JFK International Airport (JFK) and to the Continental Airlines Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport. There are also flights to and from Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The company offers seasonal service to East Hampton, New York and Belmar, New Jersey. East Hampton flights take 35 minutes and Belmar flights take 18 minutes. These flights cost $799 and $326, respectively, and operate annually from June to September. They also have an annual fare sale in the fall for $99.

Flights to the airport last eight minutes and cost $159. Flights operate on weekdays from 7:15 am to 7:45 pm, with service on the hour to JFK and Newark, then back to the Manhattan Heliports at half past the hour. The company also offers chartered service to popular locations including The Hamptons, Washington, D.C., Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods and Atlantic City. Working with the air traffic control and FAA, the helicopters operate on special dedicated flight paths between the heliports and airports. The fleet consists of 8-seat Sikorsky S-76 dual engine helicopters with first class executive leather interiors, each operated by two pilots. US Helicopter is the only scheduled helicopter airline service in the United States certified by both the United States Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration. During the summer, US Helicopter flies to the Hamptons for around $200 each way.

Each heliport is equipped with a VIP lounge/waiting area, as well as TSA screening capability. They also have roomy leather chairs, two 42" LCD monitors and Bloomberg Terminals. Passengers traveling via Delta Air Lines to JFK or via Continental Airlines to Newark are checked-in at either Manhattan heliport. There, they obtain boarding passes and baggage receipts to their final destination. These passengers remain in secure areas, eliminating the need to go through customary airport security again at the airport. Passengers traveling with other airlines can connect to the appropriate terminal to complete the check-in process and proceed through security to their flight gate.

Airports served are shown as red dots. Routes are shown by orange lines.
Airports served are shown as red dots. Routes are shown by orange lines.

The company started service in March 2006. Service to the East 34th Street Heliport was added in September 2006 and to Newark Liberty International Airport in November 2006. Flights from Newark operate from a secured area at Gate 71 in Continental Airlines' Terminal C.

Airports served


See also

  • New York Airways, the first helicopter airline to serve Manhattan, now defunct.

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Published - July 2009

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