Uber will begin offering helicopter service in New York City beginning on July 9th as part of its new Uber Copter service.
Uber Copter Takes Flight July 9th
On July 9th, Uber is set to launch its latest service, Uber Copter, which will fly a predetermined route between New York City's Kennedy Airport and an existing helicopter terminal in Lower Manhattan starting at $200 a ride.
The service will be made available to Uber Rewards members who have Platinum or Diamond status, according to a new report from the New York Times.
"This is a trip that so many travelers make a day, and we see an opportunity to save them a huge amount of time on it," said Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate, the company's aerial transportation brand.
The trip between Kennedy Airport and Lower Manhattan has been one of the most trafficked routes in the country, linking New York City's major international airport and the heart of its financial district. By car, the trip passes through some of the most congested roadways in the city, which during rush hour can take more than two hours to navigate. Mass transit by liht rail or subway can take more than an hour and given the recent service issues currently plaguing New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority, the ride could be even longer than that.
A helicopter ride, meanwhile, takes a little less than ten minutes, making it the preferred transportation option for business professionals in town for a brief meeting or visit to New York offices.
“Our plan is to eventually roll out Uber Copter to more Uber customers and to other cities, but we want to do it right,” said Allison. “The main goal of this initial venture is to understand the operations behind aerial vehicles.”