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How to get a helicopter hop between Manhattan and JFK airport with your next Delta flight

How to get a helicopter hop between Manhattan and JFK airport with your next Delta flight
Delta is partnering with Blade helicopters to offer seamless service for hops between Manhattan and JFK International Airport. The starting price is $1,345. (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)

Delta Air Lines is starting a new service that offers passengers on-demand helicopter hops between Manhattan and JFK International Airport along with their airline ticket — for a price.

The airline's service is offered to transcontinental fliers from L.A. and San Francisco as well as transatlantic passengers from London.

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Here's how it works: Let's say you fly from L.A. to New York City and want to take the short helicopter hop. A member of Delta's Elite Services team grabs your checked bags, meets you at the plane and escorts you to the helicopter terminal, according to a recent announcement.

The service applies to all Delta customers — whether you're in economy or first class — starting at a jaw-dropping $1,345. That's $1,095 for the chartered helicopter and $250 for the Delta service.

You can fly to three different destinations in Manhattan: East 34th Street, 2430 FDR Drive, and 12th Avenue and West 30th Street.

Passengers make reservations for the service through a mobile app for Blade, the helicopter company with which Delta has partnered.

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