New York and Boston are finally getting a seaplane link with 75 minute flights and fares starting at $395 one way - and it may give Acela a run for its money
A Cessna Caravan seaplane in Boston Harbor. Tail wind air
Tailwind Air will launch seaplane service between New York City and Boston on August 3rd.
Flights are only 75 minutes long and flyers can appear up to 10 minutes before departure.
Prices start at $ 395 with up to four daily flights starting August 21.
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New Yorkers and Bostonians will have another connection as an airline finally introduces seaplane flights between the two cities.
Tailwind Air is known for its seaplane flights between Manhattan and Long Island, New York's East End including Montauk and the Hamptons. But the company is now leveraging its talents to further connect the northeast with a seaplane route between New York and Boston that launches on August 3 with real connections between downtown and downtown.
Tailwind promises flights of around 75 minutes without long airport queues or even security checks. It's significantly slower than the planes, which can fly the route in less than half an hour, but the time saved comes from not having to fly to and from major airports at either end of the journey.
A maximum of seven passengers will take part in a given battle, and travelers can show up just 10 minutes before departure for an even more efficient journey from downtown to downtown. Even Amtrak's high-speed Acela can't keep up.
A Tailwind Air Cessna Caravan EX seaplane. Thomas Pallini / Insider
Insider previously time tested between Manhattan and Boston on both the Acela and a commercial flight to see which was faster and which were both surprisingly time-consuming to travel under 200 miles. Even though the airline was minutes faster than Acela, the two modes of transport still took almost four hours when you factor in external factors such as getting to and from the airports and security checks.
However, Tailwind's offering makes it possible to get from the New York Stock Exchange to Boston Common in less than two hours. Pilots use visual flight rules, where the route is an almost straight line between the two cities and the flight is not affected by ground stops or congestion delays common at airports in the New York area.
"By offering non-stop, weekday peak-hour flights to and from Manhattan and Boston Harbor, we're offering exclusive time savings over all other modes of transportation at a reasonable price," said Alan Ram, CEO and founder of Tailwind in a statement. "Our [Tailwind] service combines the accessibility of the train with the speed of a flight."
New York Skyport is conveniently located on the East River, just blocks from Times Square or 4 miles from Wall Street. However, Boston is not equipped with the same infrastructure and passengers have to transfer to a water taxi that takes them to the South Boston Waterfront.
If one of the waterways is unavailable due to weather or other circumstances, the flights will simply use the nearby airports and give passengers options to get to their final destination. Tailwind's seaplanes have a standard landing gear that allows them to use traditional airports.
Unique views of both cities are standard on flights as both the East River and Boston Harbor border massive skyscrapers and each seat in the Cessna Caravan EX that operates the flights is a window seat. The typical cruising altitude on the run is often no more than 10,000 feet, which allows for further expansive views.
Fly over New York City on a Tailwind Air Cessna Caravan EX seaplane. Thomas Pallini / Insider
The flights start on August 3rd with two daily connections in each direction. On August 21, there will be four daily flights in each direction, with flights departing from Boston at 7:00 am, 10:05 am, 2:10 pm and 5:20 pm. From New York, the four flights will depart on August 21 at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.
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