Airline Starts New New York-to-Boston Seaplane Flights

BOSTON (AP) -
A Tailwind Air commuter seaplane passes the Custom House, center, and the downtown skyline while landing on Boston Harbor, Tuesday, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Travelers between New York and Boston tired of the time-consuming hassles of crowded airports and commercial flights now have a more convenient, albeit pricey, alternative.

Tailwind Air on Tuesday started direct nonstop seaplane service between Manhattan and Boston Harbor.

The flights on eight-passenger aircraft between the New York Skyport on the East River and a floating dock in Boston Harbor take about 75 minutes. In Boston, a water taxi shuttles clients to and from the float on a seven-minute trip from the South Boston waterfront.

“Our service combines the accessibility of the train with the speed of a flight,” CEO and Tailwind founder Alan Ram said in a statement.

Although the seaplanes can cut total travel times up to 60%, flights start at $395 one way, which includes a standard-sized rolling bag up to 20 pounds (9 kilograms). The service is also dog friendly.

The owners also point out that in a time of COVID-19, their service cuts down on the number of person-to-person interactions unavoidable in large airports and on commercial jets.

Tailwind uses a fleet of Cessna Grand Caravan EX Amphibians.

The service currently offers four Boston-to-New York and four New York-to-Boston flights daily through November.