Uber has finally launched its Helicopter service in New York. Uber's helicopter service offers between 8 to 10 rides a day from Manhattan's financial district to JFK airport. The service is limited to Uber's platinum and diamond customers. Uber's helicopter ride takes about 8 minutes and costs up to $225 which roughly translates to Rs 15,000. Uber's helicopter service is yet to arrive in India.
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Uber's helicopter rides are handled by a New Jersey-based chartered helicopter company, HeliFlite. While Uber's future expansion plans with helicopter service remain unclear at the moment, Uber is starting with a limited number of trips as per demand. Meanwhile, we show you how you can book Uber's helicopter service:
If you happen to be Uber's platinum or diamond customer, you will see the helicopter option pop up in the app. However, the option is currently visible only when you are planning to travel between Manhattan and JFK International airport or select areas with access to the West Side Highway. According to reports, Uber will also coordinate with its ride-hailing car service to get passengers to the helipad. Trips can also be booked up to five days in advance.
Each helicopter has room for five passengers who can bring a carry-on bag and a personal bag. Interestingly, Uber doesn't allow passengers to tip helicopter pilots, unlike typical Uber rides.
Uber also launched “comfort” rides in dozens of cities. As a result, Uber passengers are guaranteed 36 inches of legroom in “newer” cars — meaning those that are under five years old. Uber passengers can also request a preferred air temperature. What's more, passengers can also use the app to inform drivers they don’t want to talk, avoiding talkative drivers.
(With agency inputs)