Uber Technologies Inc. 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, the documents show. Tests flights took off from a Manhattan heliport near Wall Street to John F. Kennedy International Airport.
After Bloomberg asked Uber for comment Wednesday, the New York Times published a story about the program. It says customers will be able to book flights starting July 9 in New York City and that the average ride will cost $200 to $225 a person. Eric Allison, the head of Uber’s flight business, told the Times that the company plans to eventually offer helicopter rides in other cities. A spokesman for Uber declined to comment.
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That’s Baller: Uber Launches “Uber Copter” To Fly Passengers In NYC -Blogged By: @thewisegem ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Uber Technologies Inc., the popular ride-sharing company, is expanding into new territory and testing the service in NYC. Starting July 9th, in addition to passengers being able to share rides, order food, electric bikes and scooters, they will now be able to book a helicopter flight from the app. In NYC, people have used helicopters for years to travel from Manhattan to local airports, and Uber is capitalizing on this market by offering an on-demand service for interested consumers. Flights are estimated to cost around $200-$225 per traveler; however, like the rideshare, prices can fluctuate depending on current demand. Uber Copter is competing against a startup, Blade Urban Air Mobility Inc., which currently offers helicopter rides six days a week from Manhattan for $195. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the test phase, Uber Copter will only be available to Diamond and Platinum loyalty program members. The helicopters can accommodate up to five passengers and can be booked on demand or days in advance. There are reports that Uber plans to expand this service to other cities. It is also being reported that “Hello, welcome to Uber Copter” is the greeting passengers hear upon entering the aircraft. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Would you be willing to take a ride? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀