Wheels Up partners with HeliFlite for airport transfers


Kenny Dichter speaking at Revolution.Aero US 2018.

Just a day after announcing its acquisition of Transport Management Company (TMC), Wheels Up has now partnered with US helicopter charter operator HeliFlite to offer Wheels Up members access to helicopter transport to and from private aviation airports.

Wheels Up members will now be able to fly helicopter transport from heliports in Manhattan to Tri-state private airports including Teterboro, Morristown, White Plains and Farmingdale.

HeliFlite’s fleet of four Bell 430s and three Sikorsky S76s executive helicopters will be available to Wheels Up members for transfer flights between Manhattan and Tri-state area airports at preferred rates starting today.

Kenny Dichter, CEO of Wheels Up said: “As a company that offers a total aviation solution to our members, it is ideal for Wheels Up to join with HeliFlite to offer helicopter access within the Tri-state area.

“HeliFlite maintains the highest level of safety and is highly regarded within the industry with leading practices including, only flying twin-engine helicopters and always with two pilots.”

Members will be able to choose a car or a helicopter to and or from New York airports and purchase a 10- or 20-hour HeliCard to secure guaranteed lift availability. Additionally, HeliFlite members will gain access to Wheels Down, the lifestyle and event service owned by Wheels Up.

In a conversation with Kenny Dichter yesterday, he told Corporate Jet Investor that “Wheels Up is officially in deal mode” following the acquisition of TMC and its fleet of 26 aircraft.

TMC as the 10th most-active Part 135 operator in the US according to Argus, flying 19,033 hours. This was down from 30,385 hours in 2017, when it operated 54 aircraft.