Continental keeps helicopters flying in NY

Continental Airlines is extending its complimentary helicopter transfer service in New York for BusinessFirst passengers until March 31, 2008. Those who travel from Hong Kong and Beijing will continue to enjoy complimentary helicopter transfer service between Newark Liberty International Airport and the downtown or mid-town Manhattan heliports.

Continental Airlines and US Helicopter Corporation launched the eight-minute shuttle service between Manhattan (Wall Street or 34th Street) and Newark Liberty International Airport in December 2006 and launched a codeshare agreement to simplify the booking and ticketing experience for customers in June 2007.  A one-way transfer aboard US Helicopter normally costs US$159, plus applicable security fees.

Walter Dias, Continental’s Staff V.P.-Sales & Marketing, said, “December will mark one year since we began this cooperation with US Helicopter. We are delighted to see the hot response to this service especially from time-sensitive BusinessFirst passengers. To thank our passengers for their support, we are extending this offer for several more months. BusinessFirst will continue to provide our premium flyers with the highest levels of comfort and care, the finest quality of service throughout the flight and personal attention to every detail.”

With this eight-minute airport shuttle service, Newark becomes an even faster and easier option for time-sensitive business travelers coming in and out of Manhattan. In addition to the time-saving and hassle-free transfer, the thrilling experience of arriving in Manhattan by helicopter flying over the city’s famous skyscrapers adds an extra element of excitement and glamour to the journey. Continental passengers arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport can proceed to US Helicopter’s departure gate after clearing customs and immigration. Passengers departing New York can check in at the Manhattan heliport, obtain boarding passes and also check through their baggage to their final destination.

Continental passengers can reserve their helicopter service via local reservations offices after booking their BusinessFirst flights. US Helicopter’s flights between Newark and Manhattan operate Monday through Friday from 6:40 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.