This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Blade is offering delivery service from New York City to the surrounding areas including the Hamptons during the Covid-19 crisis. An unknown number of city residents have relocated to second homes there amid calls from public officials for “social distancing.”
The shared helicopter ride service also announced it will deliver medical and other essential supplies, including textbooks, computers, and clothing for students stranded during spring break. A Blade spokesman said the company would deliver the former at no charge for customers unable to pay. Blade said it can arrange door-to-door delivery service.
Separately, Blade said it is implementing new sanitation protocols for its helicopter passenger flights, including sanitizing all cabin and headsets between flights, removing the mic booms from headsets, and sanitizing all ground vehicles before each pick-up.
Blade ground connect service is available in Miami, New York's Westchester County, Los Angeles, and New York City. Blade uses its own fleet of dedicated SUVs at all New York-area airports.