Now, Fly From Manhattan To JFK

Did we mention it just takes 8 minutes
Uber now launches helicopters that are a tap away
Uber now launches helicopters that are a tap away

Ever thought of escaping rush hour traffic when desperately trying to reach the airport on time New Yorkers, there's good news for you.&nbspUber has started Uber Copter from Manhattan to JFK Airport to cut down on the time spent stuck in rush hour. Take a helicopter from Monday to Friday with a window between 2 pm and 6 pm to book a ride. 

The one way ride, which costs around $200-$225 per person, is now available to all Uber users, as opposed to earlier where the service was available only to Platinum and Diamond tier users.

&ldquoThe focus in the near term is to open this up to all riders, to demonstrate this vision of seamless connection between cars and helicopters,&rdquo said Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate, the company&rsquos flight business, as reported by Bloomberg.

The ride takes about only eight minutes however, one has to take a ride to the heliport that is in Lower Manhattan. The rides can be booked up to five days in advance and only in the designated zones, which include all of Manhattan south of Houston Street and certain areas with access to the West Side Highway.

According to Uber&rsquos website, &ldquoSimply set your pickup and dropoff locations&mdashone in Manhattan and the other at JFK airport&mdashto see Copter&rsquos windows of availability and pricing.&rdquo

According to Bloomberg, &ldquoUber is using Bell 430 twin-engine helicopters operated by Newark-based company HeliFlite and has two pilots on every flight. There are six leather passenger seats for a maximum of eight people on board. They have Rolls-Royce 250-C40B turboshaft engines, are capable of speeds up to 161 mph, and cost about $6.2 million each.&rdquo

The service is currently available for iOS operators only.

The firm is also looking forward to developing shared air transportation&mdashplanned for 2023&mdashbetween suburbs and cities, and ultimately within cities. According to their website, &ldquoUber Elevate team is working toward transforming the world through aerial ridesharing at scale.&rdquo

Uber has been known for coming up with unusual ways of transportation. The firm also introduced scUber in May this year. scUber was the world&rsquos first rideshare submarine on the Great Barrier Reef which was available for a limited time (from May 27 to June 18) through the Uber app. 

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