NEW YORK, May 10, 2007 – Customers traveling to or from Delta’s (NYSE: DAL) hub at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport now can enjoy the only eight-minute1 airport shuttle, through the new partnership between Delta and US Helicopter Corporation. Beginning May 142, Delta customers will have exclusive access to frequent helicopter service that operates between two New York City heliports and Gate 11 at JFK Terminal 3.
“More than anywhere else, in New York time matters,” said Jim Whitehurst, Delta’s chief operating officer. “Our enhancements for customers at JFK continue and US Helicopter’s airport shuttle service is another way we’re making travel easier.”
Delta’s on-the-go travelers will enjoy unrivaled benefits from US Helicopter service including:
- Eight-minute travel time between New York City Heliports in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan and JFK;
- Federally regulated TSA security clearance at NYC Heliports before arriving at JFK for departing flights;
- Convenient check-in and boarding passes to final destinations (for both domestic and international travelers departing from and arriving in Manhattan); and
- Baggage check to final destination (for both passengers traveling to and from Manhattan).
“Delta is entering a new era with tremendous momentum,” said Jerry Murphy, chief executive officer and president of US Helicopter. “We are excited about our new partnership and being in a position to support them by offering business travelers unparalleled service during their airport commute.”
US Helicopter will operate 27 daily flights, Monday through Friday, between the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, near Wall Street, the Atlantic Metroport at East 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan and Delta’s Terminal 3, Gate 11 at JFK. Additional service is offered between Manhattan and Bridgeport, Conn. The ticket prices for US Helicopter begin at $159
one way, plus additional taxes and fees and may be purchased at Delta Reservations (800) 221-1212, via www.flyush.com or by calling (877) 262-7676. Customers can book via delta.com beginning May 31, 2007. See below for details.
|JFK Airport - Downtown Manhattan Heliport (JRB)|
|Downtown Manhattan Heliport (JRB) – JFK Airport|
|Kennedy Airport – East 34th St. Heliport (TSS)|
|East 34th St. Heliport (TSS) – Kennedy Airport|
|Bridgeport,CT (BDR) – Kennedy Airport – via (JRB)|
|Kennedy Airport - Bridgeport,CT|
New service complements Delta’s ongoing enhancements at JFK
Offering customers quick access to and from JFK via the US Helicopter Airport Shuttle Service is one of many new enhancements Delta is making at its JFK hub as part of a multi-million dollar investment in the overall travel experience.
Delta’s elites – including international BusinessElite®, domestic First Class, Medallion-level SkyMiles® and SkyTeam® Elite Plus customers – now enjoy a dedicated check in area in Terminal 2. Customers using this facility can check in seamlessly through either convenient self-service kiosks or with a helpful Delta representative and proceed directly to the security checkpoints. Once through security, BusinessElite customers have immediate access to the BusinessElite lounge.
In March, Delta opened Hudson News, Discovery Channel Store, Life is Good, Kidsworks and CNN Newsstand. Customers awaiting their international or domestic flights can now browse through hundreds of square footage of new retail space. Soon, Delta will officially open new food and beverage establishments. The new options will include popular menu items that travelers recognize, as well as exclusive items created just for Delta customers.
Delta offers customers more flights to more destinations from New York City's two preferred airports combined -- John F. Kennedy International and New York-LaGuardia -- than any other airline. At LaGuardia, Delta operates the city's leading Shuttle product to Boston and Washington, D.C., in addition to nonstop Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 26 other destinations. At New York-JFK, Delta operates a major international and domestic hub with 183 peak-day departures to 75 worldwide destinations, including nonstop service to 31 international destinations.
Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) offers customers service to more destinations than any global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 311 destinations in 52 countries. With more than 60 new international routes added in the last year, Delta is adding international flights at a faster rate than any other major U.S. airline and is a leader across the Atlantic with flights to 32 trans-Atlantic destinations. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 600 weekly flights to 58 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 15,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 462 worldwide destinations in 98 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.
About US Helicopter
US Helicopter (OTC Bulletin Board: USHP) is the first scheduled airline helicopter service between Manhattan, JFK and Newark Airports in more than two decades. Presently, US Helicopter operates 325 weekly flights to/from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, Atlantic Metroport at East 34th Street, JFK International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport, as well as service to/from Downtown Manhattan Heliport and Bridgeport Sikorsky Memorial Airport serving Fairfield and New Haven counties.
Founded in 2003, US Helicopter provides scheduled, reliable, fast and affordable helicopter transportation designed to meet the needs of time-sensitive business travelers. All flights utilize state-of-the-art Sikorsky S-76 helicopters configured for eight passengers and staffed with two pilots. US Helicopter Scheduled Airline Service is designed for business travelers… “because you’re too important to wait.”
1 Average actual flight time is eight minutes or less.
2 Pending Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approval.
The USH non-refundable fare shown includes Federal Tax of 7.5%. The following fees are not included: Federal segment fees of up to $6.60, September 11th security fee of up to $5.00 and passenger facility charges of up to $4.50. Bookings by phone from USH will be charged an additional cost of $20.00. $50.00 change fee applies to all changes. Seats are limited. The U.S. State Department’s new visa and passport requirements for international travel have recently. Review requirements for international travel at delta.com.
Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements:
The foregoing contains “forward-looking statements”, which are based on management's beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events and information currently available to management. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside US Helicopter’s control that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. For a more detailed description of the factors that could cause such a difference, please see US Helicopter’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. US Helicopter disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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