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In 2017, Uber announced plans to begin testing four-passenger flying taxi services for a division called Uber Elevate in Dallas/Fort Worth, with more testing planned for Los Angeles in 2020 ahead of the 2028 Olympics. But the ride-hailing service will be bringing helicopter service to New York City much sooner. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that starting July 9, Uber will be offering Uber Copter, a new service, available via the Uber app, that will shuttle passengers between Lower Manhattan and JFK Airport.
The trip will take eight minutes, and the average ride will cost between $200 and $225 per person including ground transportation on both sides. Eric Allison, who heads the Uber Elevate division, said the company plans to eventually expand the service to other cities.
“This is a trip that so many travelers make a day, and we see an opportunity to save them a huge amount of time on it,” Allison said.
6sqft also previously reported on Uber’s announcement of its intention to roll out a network of flying cars, or VTOLs (aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing) starting in Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai by 2020. Also mentioned was a plan by Uber’s partner Blade helicopter service to target NYC for a similar JFK-bound service.
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