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Uber Copter - Takes to the AIR

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by KVX, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. KVX

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    Uber Now Offers $200 Helicopter Flights From Manhattan to JFK Airport

    For $200 to $225, Uber Copter users can complete the normally hour-long trip in just eight minutes.

    Flying taxis may not be off the ground yet, but that doesn’t mean Uber hasn’t figured out a way to make flying out of New York that much easier.


    The company has announced plans to offer on-demand helicopter flights from Lower Manhattan to John F. Kennedy International Airport this summer, reports the New York Times. Starting July 8, Uber Copter users will be able to make the trip, easily one of the most inconvenient in the city, in just eight minutes.


    “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,” said Eric Allison, the head of Uber Elevate.

    The company said the brief flight—about 30 minutes all-in when ground transport is included—will cost between $200 and $225 per person. Similar to Uber car rides, flights will have dynamic pricing determined by demand. While not exactly cheap, the time-saved is sure to interest travelers of means. The same trip can take between one hour and two hours by car or between 50 and 75 minutes by train.


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  2. TC McQuade

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    Not meant for the masses and very limited coverage.

    While not exactly cheap, the time-saved is sure to interest travelers of means. Uber Copter will only be available to Platinum and Diamond members of its customer loyalty program, Uber Rewards. Qualifying customers will be able to book a helicopter up to five days in advance for up to five people, including private ground transportation on both ends. The flights, which take off from near the Staten Island Ferry and land at a helipad near Terminal 8, will run Monday through Friday during afternoon rush hour.
     
  3. NHKevin

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    Uber must be subsidizing this. The costs to do this are 10x that.
     
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    That is per person. How few will they mandate to take off?
     
  6. NHKevin

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    Uber is acting as a charter broker, not a 135 operator.

    Also consider that fees to land and pick up/drop off passengers at JRA is something like $900.
     
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    Even with the new charter broker rules, it’s still cowboy country. Operational control? Lol. Nothing has been learned since the Darby/TAG Challenger accident at Teterboro ~15 years ago.
     
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    Around fitty.

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    That explains why there was just a helicopter crash in nyc
     
  11. NHKevin

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    Uber just admitted that this is a data building venture. They are going to lose money on this to develop data on how many people, when, where and what price point. All this for their hopes on an electric drone fleet for urban air taxi.
     
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    So business as usual for Uber.
     

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