The service is exactly what it sounds like: Uber will begin offering on-demand helicopter rides in New York City to top-tier members of its Uber Rewards program on July 9, according to The New York Times. "Uber Copter promises to cut the total travel experience - including ground transportation - to as little as 30 minutes".
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 global airport and the heart of its financial district. The same trip can take between one hour and two hours by vehicle or between 50 and 75 minutes by train. Mass transit by liht rail or subway can take more than an hour and given the recent service issues now plaguing New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority, the ride could be even longer than that.
Dynamic pricing means the cost will change depending on demand, but the average ride is expected to be between $200 and $225 per person.
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It's not a flying car-but Uber Copter is launching next month, and it's about the closest you'll get in 2019. The helicopters will fit up to five people and will run on weekdays during afternoon rush hour. Once a user reserves a seat, they will receive an email confirmation and boarding pass from Uber.
UberAir is a network of small, electric, aircraft that enable four-person ridesharing flights in densely populated areas.
While other helicopter services are available to NY airports, Uber is touting this as a "seamless" solution that includes all ground transportation and which can be booked on its smartphone app.
Uber Copter will go head-to-head against Blade Urban Air Mobility, which launched a Manhattan-to-JFK service in March for $195. Two pilots will be on every flight, and passengers will be shown a 90-second safety video before taking off. One potential sticking point-at least for some customers: Each passenger will be allowed only one personal bag and a carry-on weighing less than 40 pounds because of space and weight constraints.