Uber introduces first helicopter service
Uber introduced its first helicopter service, ferrying passengers from Manhattan to JFK airport in what it hopes will be a nationwide service.
Customers could order the helicopter on their app for $200 – $250 one-way. The passengers will be transported from their homes to the heliport, then straight onto a HeliFlite charter for the eight minute ride to the airport.
The feature was available in all of Manhattan south of Houston Street, and select areas with access to the West Side Highway.
This service is only available to Platinum and Diamond members of the ride-sharing service – those who have accumulated over 2,500 points. Users gain one point for every Uber Pool or Uber Eats dollar spent and up to three points for every dollar spent on their luxury Uber XL vehicles.
Passengers on Uber Copter, which seats five people, can bring a hand luggage bag and handbag or laptop case.
The new service drew criticism from some New York leaders including Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson in June following a fatal helicopter crash that raised questions about air traffic safety in cities. Uber officials said they’ve teamed with HeliFlite because of its strong safety record.