Uber has taken over the streets, and now they want to take the skies.
The ride-share company's aerial division, Uber Elevate, announced it will start offering helicopter rides through its app from 9 July from New York's Lower Manhattan to the JFP Airport.
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The New York Times reports that it will only take 8-minutes compared to a one-to-two-hour car commute and will cost between $200 to $255 (about R3 000 to R3 800 at R15.07/$) per person, at a maximum of five people. You'd have to book five days in advance from Monday to Friday during rush hour.
Included in the ride is ground transportation to and from the helicopter, which will make the total trip 30 minutes.
However, the option will only be available to Platinum and Diamond members of Uber Rewards.
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“Our plan is to eventually roll out Uber Copter to more Uber customers and to other cities, but we want to do it right,” said Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate to the New York Times.
“The main goal of this initial venture is to understand the operations behind aerial vehicles.”
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