American Airlines is expanding its premium service options for customers traveling through
Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK).
The new additions offer
off-terminal entrance and private screening service with The
Private Suite in LAX, and helicopter transfers to JFK or LAX
airports with Blade.
The services provided by Blade and The Private Suite will be
available as add-ons for customers purchasing American’ Five Star Service or
Five Star Select — an elevated Five Star Service experience with
access to Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining.
understand the value our customers put on their time and a
personalized end-to-end travel experience — whether it is a
private travel experience, a little more luxury, fine dining in
the airport or getting to the gate quickly, we have them covered,”
said Janelle Anderson, Vice President of Global Marketing. “This
gives our customers a range of choices when traveling on
Customers in the Los Angeles or the New York areas
can now skip the traffic and get to the airport faster with a private
helicopter transfer from Blade.
When traveling with Blade,
customers will be picked up in the city at a destination of their
choice and flown to LAX or JFK where they’ll be greeted by an
American Airlines team member and escorted via Cadillac to
Flagship First Check- In.
After clearing security, customers can
spend their extra time relaxing or working in the Admirals Club,
Flagship Lounge or Flagship First Dining before their flight.
Blade service is also available for arriving customers.
“The No. 1 pain point of
traveling from New York City and Los Angeles to the airports is
traffic. Our Blade airport transfer product turns an
hour-and-a-half drive into a helicopter flight that’s five to
seven minutes,” said Rob Wiesenthal, founder and CEO of Blade.
“Blade and American Airlines will now provide customers with a
seamless experience from the door of the helicopter to their seat
on their American flight.”
Premium cabin customers who value
efficiency, luxury and privacy when traveling through LAX can
choose to access The Private Suite’s private entrance to LAX, away
from crowds and traffic.
The exclusive terminal
offers customers with departing flights private, expedited
security screening on site with Cadillac escort across the tarmac
directly to their gate or to the Flagship Lounge and Flagship
Similarly, arriving customers can clear
international customs in fewer than five minutes at The Private
Suite’s own dedicated international arrivals hall.
“LAX is one
of the busiest airports in the country,” said Josh Gausman,
co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of The Private Suite. “Now,
American Airlines customers will be able to skip typical airport
congestion, clear security in seconds, and be whisked across the
airfield directly to their flight or to the exceptional Flagship
First Dining. There aren’t many better ways to experience LAX.”
The Blade transfer service will be available to
customers who book a private transfer through the Blade app. The
Private Suite service will be available for customers traveling in
premium cabins and can be booked by calling the Five Star Service