Uber will now offer helicopter taxis from JFK airport


Uber announced that customers with low income will soon be able to book helicopter flights to the John F. Kennedy International airport through the app.

On Thursday morning, the company released its Uber Copter offer, which allows every single Uber user to flight to and from Lower Manhattan on October 7th. The company made this new feature available to its premium members in June.

The flights in the  Uber-branded helicopters will be operated by licensed New Jersey-based charter company HeliFlite Shares. The company told this media outlet that the main goal of this new service is to reduce travel times.

Head of Uber’s aerial ride-hailing program Elevate, Eric Allison, told Tech Cruch that the company might gradually expand the Manhattan pick-up zone.

“Helicopters are certainly expensive and it will be a premium product, but we think we’re actually able to offer a fairly accessible entry point with Uber Copter,” Allison said.

On Twitter, tech expert Zoe Kleinmann said that the roughly eight-minute flight will cost between $200 and $225 per person and will include ground transportation.

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