Sheltair Aviation and Blade announce strategic partnership

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FBO-chain Sheltair Aviation and short-distance aviation company Blade have announced a strategic partnership.

The two companies are to work together on how to build the infrastructure necessary to support the future arrival of electrically powered vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

Sheltair is the sole operator of helicopter landing sites at New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports, while Blade is the largest arranger of helicopter flights for civilian travel in the USA. It maintains approximately 90% market share for by-the-seat helicopter travel in New York City.

“The combination of Sheltair’s exclusive presence at both of New York’s commercial airports and Blade’s leading market share cannot be replicated by any other companies in existence today,” said Rob Wiesenthal, Blade’s CEO.

“New York City is the largest Urban Air Mobility market in the world and, together, we can enable new, cost-effective offerings that will be competitive with app-based ridesharing prices while delivering massive time savings and productivity gains to commuters.”

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