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Jul 10, 2019,  by Allianz Partners Business Insights

New York: Uber helicopters to shuttle between Manhattan and JFK airport from 9 July

In July, Uber is set to launch a helicopter shuttle service in New York between JFK airport and Manhattan. The journey in the air will cost between 200 and 225 euros, and be bookable directly via the ride-sharing company’s mobile application. Uber is also working on other air-travel projects including "flying cars" which they are looking to develop, as well as a future ride-share service between cities and suburbs and perhaps even from one city to another.

Crossing a city by helicopter is set to become a reality with Uber confirming on Thursday 6 June that it would be starting its first helicopter trips across New York in early July. The only route that is currently slated will take passengers from JFK airport to South Manhattan, according to the New York Times who broke the news about UberAIR, later confirmed by the company’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

200 – 225 dollars per trip

"Planning and booking multimodal journeys from point A to point B = no stress in transport from [or to] JFK," Khosrowshahi commented when discussing the article. Uber Copter will indeed take the stress away from the passenger but will also leave them with a hefty bill, with trips costing between 200 and 225 US dollars.

The price tag according to Uber includes the cost of public transport at the airport and in the city for a journey in the air of eight minutes. Passengers will be able to book their trips and enjoy the Manhattan skyline from 9 July onwards.

Plenty of flight-related projects

The upcoming launch underlines the ride-sharing company’s ambition to implement "flight-sharing" via its dedicated "Elevate" team. The helicopter service will, however, only be for clients belonging to one of Uber’s loyalty programmes. While helicopter travel to and from the New York airports is already available, Uber will be simplifying the process, making it possible to book a trip via their application.

The global ride-sharing market leader is also looking at other ideas for "air-pooling" between cities and their outskirts, and potentially between cities in the USA and in other countries – a project which could see the light of day by 2023. Furthermore, Uber intends to develop "flying cars" – a network of electric vertical take-off craft – in conjunction with partners.

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