We tried the new seaplane flight from D.C. to New York


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Andrea Sachs

The 80-minute flight from Dulles isn’t cheap, but you get a scenic trip straight to Manhattan

Video captures the view from a seaplane as it lands in the East River at the end of the journey from Dulles International Airport to Manhattan. (Video: Andrea Sachs/The Washington Post)

Eighty minutes in the air, plus a splash in the East River, and I was in Manhattan.

Tailwind Air’s seaplanes are the latest mode of transportation to connect the Washington area to New York City, and the amphibious flights eliminate much of the dread associated with the trip north. Passengers won’t hit traffic snarls (car, bus) or find themselves exiled in the wrong borough or state (commercial air). The travel time is also quicker than the train, including Acela, which clocks in at just under three hours.