Uber is planning to launch a new helicopter service called Uber Copter in New York City. The new service will compete with BLADE continuous, as Uber’s addition will provide connections between lower Manhattan and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The new service will launch next month on July 9, 2019 and initially will be available to Platinum and Diamond Uber Rewards members. Prices will start at $200 each way, however these include Uber transportation to/from the Helipad in Manhattan, something that BLADE doesn’t provide.
Per the New York Times,
Uber Copter will be available only to users who are Platinum and Diamond members — the top two tiers — of the company’s loyalty program, Uber Rewards.
These customers can book Uber Copter on demand or up to five days in advance. The helicopters accommodate up to five people and will run Monday through Friday during the afternoon rush hour. Once seats are reserved, passengers will receive an email from Uber with a boarding pass.
Similar to Uber rides, Uber Copter will have dynamic pricing determined largely by demand.
Nikhil Goel, Uber Elevate’s head of product, said that the average ride will cost between $200 and $225 a person.
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