Aerial ridesharing service from Uber, which has been much looked forward to, is here.
Uber has promised aerial car service for quite some time and now the aerial rideshare is here. It’s a giant step by Uber in its ridesharing service. The service is to be launched on July 9 in New York City.
Uber Elevate is an aerial ridesharing division from Uber. Copter services were announced about three years ago and the internet was ablaze with doubts on making the venture into a reality. Now, the company has brought the service into reality, taking the first step in providing this service.
Though the service is only for a single route, from Manhattan heliport to JKF airport, the service has started and that is great news. The service can be booked through the Uber app. The rides will be charged according to demand. Though the trip is short, it is a trip that many travelers make use of per day.
Head of Uber Elevate Eric Allison says that this is just an 8-minute trip that passengers can make use of. It helps passengers save a huge amount of time. Taxi rides are connected on both ends of the journey along with the helicopter flight.
It is said that the trip will cost around $200 to 225 for a single person per trip, where limited baggage will be allowed. It can carry up to five passengers and two pilots. Heliflite charter services will be operating these flights.
However, only Diamond and Platinum members can use the Uber Copter. These are the top two tiers under the loyalty program of the company.
The only drawback to the usage of Uber Copter is its single route and the high costs charged.
However, Steve Rooster who is the managing director for Virtuoso, a luxury travel network says that the Copter service is time-saving and relatively affordable, especially during rush hour.