Now air charter buyers can use their smartphones to grab the next available helicopter seat bound for the Hamptons. The new Blade app lets customers book a seat on an existing flight or charter a whole helicopter and then use the app to help fill the seats. The app is backed by New York City’s Liberty Helicopters. Flights booked on Blade take off from NYC’s East Side Heliport and land in South Hampton, East Hampton and Montauk, with return flights to Midtown’s West Side Heliport.
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New York City-based Wheels Up launched a partnership with HeliFlite to give Wheels Up members use of that operator’s Bell 430s and Sikorsky S-76s for transfers between Manhattan and local airports such as Teterboro, White Plains and Farmingdale. Under the terms of the December 13 agreement with HeliFlite, Wheels Up members will be able to purchase time in its rotorcraft in blocks of 10 or 20 hours. HeliFlite, based at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, offers flights within a 250-mile radius of the center of Manhattan and also operates throughout Florida.
Full-service aircraft management and charter provider Taughannock Aviation of Ithaca, N.Y., is showcasing its line of 02 and N2 intensifiers, fueling software solutions and mobile computing hardware at NBAA 2013 (Booth No. C9417).
Founded in 1980, the company is now one of the largest business aviation services providers in the Northeast, with offerings including business jet sales, FBO services and solutions, aircraft maintenance and repair and supply of ground support equipment, as well as aircraft management and charter.
Aircraft charter and management firm Solairus Aviation is doubling the size of its San Francisco headquarters and has beefed up staffing at its East Coast offices. A 4,000-sq-ft expansion project at its California headquarters is already under way and is expected to be completed this summer. Meanwhile, Solairus hired three more charter sales people at its East Coast locations. Charter market veterans Brian Velelis and Tony Ciaravino will be based at its Manhattan regional sales office, while Lisa Denny will be based at its Washington, D.C.-area bureau.
Here at MEBA 2012, U.S. private jet charter company ExcelAire (Stand 597) is launching a new international transfer service (ITS) for passengers arriving in New York on long-haul airline flights. ExcelAire’s team will meet passengers as they arrive at either New York-John F. Kennedy or Newark International airports, and swiftly transfer them to awaiting private jets for their onward journeys.
Eclipse Aerospace, formerly Eclipse Aviation, has vacated its $8 million factory service center on Albany International Airport. Instead, the company purchased North American Jet Maintenance on Chicago Executive Airport and plans to use it as an Eclipse platinum-level service center.
On December 10, Landmark Aviation celebrated the grand opening of the FBO chain’s newly renovated FBO at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y. Landmark purchased the former facility in early 2006.
ExcelAire of Ronkonkoma, New York, has added a Sikorsky S-76 to its fleet of business jets, which includes several Gulfstream and Cessna Citation models, Embraer Legacy
ExcelAire (Stand Nos. 908/200) has received UK Civil Aviation Authority approval to operate its Embraer Legacy 600s into London City Airport (LCY) and is offering charter services effective immediately.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has added Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, N.Y., and FBO ExcelAire to its list of approved airports/facilities that can originate flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va.
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