Uber Copter Are Here To Take You To The Skies

Daniel Fowler
June 9, 2019

Uber Copter is competing against a startup, Blade Urban Air Mobility Inc., which now offers helicopter rides six days a week from Manhattan for $195.

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. Qualifying customers will be able to book a helicopter up to five days in advance for up to five people, including private ground transportation on both ends. Uber is on the verge of launching its latest division called Uber Copter, which is dedicated to those willing to pony up a hefty $200 to $225 for a lift from Lower Manhattan's heliport near the Staten Island Ferry, to John F. Kennedy Airport out in Queens.

"Uber Copter offers the first real demonstration of the Elevate experience", said Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate. By auto, 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.

Uber riders will be able to use the Uber application to book trips on the helicopter dubbed Uber Copter. Passengers will get a confirmation email that doubles as a boarding pass after the seats are reserved.

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Travelers in a hurry will get driven to the Staten Island Ferry terminal and arrive at a helipad near Terminal 8 at JFK, where another auto will drive them on the tarmac to their departing terminal.

The helicopters, which are from charter company, Heliflite, will be operated by two pilots.

At least initially, Uber Copter will only have a small client base.

In brief: It's still going to be a while before we see fleets of flying autonomous Uber vehicles populating the skies, but the ride-hailing giant will reportedly start offering another air-based service as soon as next month: Uber Copter. Large bags will not be permitted, with each passenger admitted only one personal bag and one carry-on that weighs in at 40 pounds or less. Flights-which run from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m.to 7 p.m. on Sunday-cost $195 per person and include private auto service between the helicopter and terminal.

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