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Uber customers will be able to book flights starting 9 July in New York City and that the average ride will cost $200 to $225 a person.
Sunday 09, June 2019
(Bloomberg) --Uber Technologies is testing a helicopter service in New York City.
Passengers will be able to use the Uber app to book a flight through the service, called Uber Copter and tests flights have been conducted from a Manhattan heliport near Wall Street to John F Kennedy International Airport.
Eric Allison, the Head of Uber’s Flight Business, said that the company plans to eventually offer helicopter rides in other cities.
Helicopters have been whisking travellers from Manhattan to nearby airports for decades. Now, a start-up called Blade Urban Air Mobility even lets customers book using an app. It currently offers regular flights from Manhattan to three airports six days a week for as little as $195.
“There may be no greater validation of Blade’s strategy than Uber entering the urban air mobility market in New York City,” said Blade CEO Rob Wiesenthal
As Uber geared up last month for America’s largest initial public offering (IPO) since 2014, the company emphasised its investment in various modes of transportation. In addition to the world’s largest ride-hailing service for cars, it operates self-driving vehicles, electric bicycles, scooter rentals and now helicopters.
When Uber Copter arrives next month, it will only be available to members of the company’s loyalty programme who qualify for the top two tiers, Platinum and Diamond.
The rides can be booked on demand or up to five days ahead of time and each helicopter can accommodate five passengers and like Uber car rides, prices will fluctuate based on demand and other factors.