Elite New Yorkers take this 'Uber of helicopters' to the airport in order to avoid holiday traffic

Blade is an aviation startup catering to the 1%.

After offering seaplane and helicopter rides from NYC to the Hamptons all summer, a new service called “Blade Bounce” flies its private choppers from Manhattan to all nearby airports.

The ride only takes about five minutes, but costs $895 for a full 6-seat helicopter.

“There’s no better way to start your holiday than to fly over traffic and get to your airline of choice between four and six minutes, and enjoy rosé on the way and the best view on the planet,” Blade co-founder Rob Wiesenthal told INSIDER.

Blade let us hop on a recent flight from East 34th Street to JFK airport ahead of the Thanksgiving weekend, and the experience couldn’t have been better.

Story by Aly Weisman and editing by Adam Banicki

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