Uber announced its first aerial transportation service, Uber Copter, that will offer helicopters to users for travelling from Lower Manhattan to Kennedy International Airport. The service will be available only for Platinum and Diamond members of Uber’s loyalty program, Uber Rewards. The pricing, just like every other Uber ride, will be dynamic based on demand and will cost around USD 200 to USD 225.
Uber announced the Uber Elevate program three years ago and promised aerial vehicles for transportation. With those flying vehicles still a distant possibility, Uber has actually entered the aerial transportation sector with Uber Copter, stating the company wants to understand the operation of flying vehicles. The company promises to bring down the total travel time from anywhere in Manhattan to the Kennedy International Airport to just 30 minutes, including the road travel as well.
The service will include cab service that will take you from your place to the helipad and then from the landing helipad to the terminal entrance. Uber Copters can be booked on demand or even five days prior in advance. The copters will run through Mondays to Fridays only. The helicopters will be taken care of by HeliFlite with two pilots on each flight. Each passenger will be first shown a 90-second instruction video before taking off.
Uber has been concerned about UberEats, as losses are piling up on the company’s food delivery venture. While their ride services are bringing new highs as usual, the food delivery services are costing a bit too much to run. Uber Colter’s launch too will take a toll on Uber initially. Uber’s regular ride services will face a lot of pressure are most of Uber’s revenues will be bolted on it for now. How company deals with UberEats and whether they come up with a solution or not remains to be seen.