The car rental company with driver Uber will start Tuesday the helicopter service that will connect the central New York island of Manhattan with one of the airports that serve the city, the John F. Kennedy, with a price per race between US $ 200 and $ 225.
The company launches its “Uber Copter” through the Uber Elevate division, a branch that began three years ago to explore the possibilities of shared air transport and will be available to its members with platinum and diamond status.
Uber said a few weeks ago that the price of the service may vary according to demand, as well as its land division. Uber Copter, in addition to the air route, will include a car race from the client’s home to a heliport in the lower area of the island, from where the helicopter will take an eight-minute tour.
Uber Helicopter Service Start Date
The Uber Helicopter Service is Expected to Start from July 9th (Tuesday) in New York City and the Prices Range Of the Helicopter Service starts from 200$ Per Raid and goes up to 2000$ Depending on the Trip.
“This is a trip that many travelers make every day and we see the opportunity to save them a lot of time,” Uber Elevate head Eric Allison recently said.
In total, the route -including the terrestrial part- could reach half an hour in duration, compared to the long hour (even two) that the service can take by road, or in other means of transport such as trains or the metro.
The helicopters, with two crew pilots, can serve up to five people. Helicopter service is not Uber’s first adventure in the airfield since in Dubai it already offers sightseeing tours 12 minutes of flight for the US $ 142.
However, the “uber copters” will take off just a month after the fatal accident in which a pilot lost in the fog that covered the city hit his aircraft against a skyscraper next to Times Square.
Already then several political offices, like the spokesman of the Municipal Council, Corey Johnson, questioned the convenience of filling of taxis the airspace: “Is that really necessary? Is it safe?”, He asked.
In Manhattan, it is forbidden to install heliports on the roofs of buildings after an aircraft crashed into a building in 1977 and caused the death of five people, so these aerial vehicles use facilities on the banks of the East River and the river.
Cameron Hills is the Lead Editor for News Herder with 12 years of experience.