It may not appeal to green-minded travellers, but there's no disputing the fact that a helicopter can whisk you from one of New York's major airports to Wall Street in a matter of minutes.
So to save its customers valuable time, Continental has teamed up with US Helicopters to transfer passengers between its Newark hub and the Manhattan Heliport on Wall Street.
The transfers operate on weekdays between 0640 and 1830 and take a mere eight minutes. A one-way trip costs $159 plus security fees. Passengers' luggage is also transferred between Newark and Wall Street by helicopter.
The service is also available when departing Manhattan with passengers able to check themselves and bags through to their final Continental destination.
The transfers are open to all Continental passengers whether travelling on international or domestic routes. At the time of writing bookings are best made with flyush.com.
In another development, Continental has now fitted its 41-strong fleet of B757s (these operate most of the carrier's transatlantic flights) with AVOD (audio visual on demand) in the business class cabins. It now plans to install AVOD on its fleet of B777s.
Report by Alex McWhirter