Uber Copter is a real thing but not for everyone right now

Time to fly

Uber will begin offering helicopter service in New York City beginning on July 9th as part of its new Uber Copter service. The flights will only be available next month to the Company's passengers of Platinum and Diamond loyalty status, said a person who asked to be anonymous. Flights are estimated to cost around $200-$225 per traveler; however, like the rideshare, prices can fluctuate depending on current demand.

In any case, dissimilar to Uber's vehicle service, it has a predetermined route that keeps running between a location close to the Staten Island Ferry in Manhattan and Kennedy Airport with a flight time of around eight minutes. Uber Copter promises to cut the total travel experience - including ground transportation - to as little as 30 minutes. We have built Uber Copter to win us with insight and right-world ride as we proceed to lay the foundation for Uber Air. Normally, the journey would take at least an hour or two by auto, depending on traffic and if you're attempting the trip in rush hour.

Customers can book for a seat on the five-seater helicopter on demand or up to five days in advance.

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However, as ride-hailing services and other mobility operators put in place programs catered to low-income riders or those with special needs to boost transportation equity, Uber Copter goes in the opposite direction.

"In rush hour, an Uber Black auto could cost up to $200 to J.F.K., so these helicopters are competitively priced", Steve Wooster told The New York Times, the managing director for air operations at Virtuoso, a luxury travel network firm. In Manhattan, the helicopters depart and land from a heliport near the Staten Island Ferry; while at JFK, they depart and land at a helipad near Terminal 8. They will be operated by the Heliflite charter service. Two pilots will be on every flight, and passengers will be shown a 90-second safety video before taking off.

Uber Copter won't be the company's first foray into commercial aerial operations. According to Uber, or not it's miles the corporate's first "multi-modal" option, where this eight-minute helicopter flight is hooked up to taxi rides either facet. Customers are allowed to fly only with carry-on bags, but for $85, the company will pick up and deliver checked luggage between the airport and any address in Manhattan.

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