NEW YORK, April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- US Helicopter Corporation ("US Helicopter") (OTCBulletinBoard:USHP) and Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today announced a codeshare agreement to expedite the process for customers connecting between two New York City heliports and Delta's flights at its New York hub at JFK International Airport.
Effective immediately, Delta has placed its code (DL) on US Helicopter 8 Minute flights that operate between the Downtown Manhattan or the Atlantic Metroport at East 34th Street Heliport's to or from Delta's global connecting flights at New York's JFK International Airport.
US Helicopter transportation is complimentary with the purchase of an applicable Delta international BusinessElite(R) ticket to and from Africa, Brazil, Europe, India, and Israel and is valid for travel through Dec. 31, 2008.
In addition, Delta's passengers will enjoy the benefits of US Helicopter service including:
-- Eight-minute flight between New York City Heliports in midtown and downtown Manhattan and JFK's Gate 11 in Terminal 3; -- TSA security clearance at NYC Heliports. Delta passengers remain on the 'secure side' upon arrival at JFK. TSA security screening is not required again at JFK; -- Convenient check-in and boarding passes to final destinations (for both domestic and international travelers departing from and arriving in Manhattan); -- Baggage check to final destination on Delta flights -- for passengers traveling both to and from Manhattan
Codeshare itineraries are eligible for check in at delta.com, airport kiosks or with a US Helicopter or Delta Air Lines ticket agent. Members of Delta's frequent flyer program also earn 500 OnePass miles when traveling on codeshare flights operated by US Helicopter.
"US Helicopter and Delta offer a superior product by working together on program benefits that maximize our 'Eight Minute Airport Shuttle' service for time-sensitive global business travelers," comments Jerry Murphy, Chief Executive Officer and President of US Helicopter. "Now, we not only offer a hassle-free airport commute, but also simple methods of booking travel as well."
US Helicopter and Delta Air Lines have also partnered to provide eight-minute shuttle service between Manhattan and New York JFK International Airport. US Helicopter customers traveling on Delta flights complete passenger and baggage check-in and security screening at the heliport allowing customers upon arrival to proceed directly to their departure gate at JFK Terminal 3. Delta Air Lines plans to offer customers a total of 204 daily departures to 93 destinations from New York-JFK by June 2008. Since 2006, Delta has invested more than $50 million in facility improvements and product enhancements at its JFK hub. A one-way ticket aboard US Helicopter starts at $159, plus applicable security fees and can be purchased by visiting http://www.delta.com or http://www.flyush.com. US Helicopter's flights between New York JFK International Airport and two New York City heliports operate from 7:30 a.m. to 7.40 p.m.
ABOUT US HELICOPTER
US Helicopter (OTCBulletinBoard:USHP) is the first scheduled helicopter airline service between Manhattan, JFK and Newark airports in more than two decades. Presently, US Helicopter operates 285 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."
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 U.S. 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. U.S. 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.
Source: US Helicopter Corporation
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