Uber Technologies Inc. is planning for an aerial ride as per the reports obtained by Bloomberg. This service will be offered from July 9th in New York City to Uber Rewards members who are of Platinum and Diamond status. Though these aerial ride vehicles have not made a debut the service is turning into a helicopter service, namely Uber Copter.
Like that of Uber car service, the aerial ride will also have a predetermined route that is from a location near the Staten Island Ferry in Manhattan to the Kennedy Airport within a time of about eight minutes. As per the reports, Uber Copter will be having space for up to five passengers maximum without expecting much baggage with passenger along with two pilots, which will be handled by the Heliflite charter service. The passengers will have to book using the Uber app for the service that will be costing from $200 to $225 per person. You can also book the ride on demand for up to five days ahead of time and the prices for the ride will fluctuate on the basis of demand and other factors.
According to the head of Uber Elevate, Mr. Eric Allison, the trip from Manhattan to the Kennedy Airport has many travelers a day, and we see it as an opportunity to save their huge amount of time. As this trip by car takes at least an hour, and in case of traffic hour, it sometimes takes more than two hours. While the other modes like the subway, the Long Island Railroad, they usually take up to 50 to 75 minutes. Passengers who will be opting for this will be picked up and dropped off by car in Manhattan, and they will have the helicopter tarmac at Kennedy which will take them to the helicopter tarmac.