Uber starts helicopter service in New York2019|01:27
Uber is taking to the skies in New York. Users of the app will soon be able to book helicopter flights to the city's John F Kennedy airport. The flights - branded Uber Copter - will be available to all riders from October 7th. They've been trialled with premium members since June. And they aren't cheap. The roughly eight-minute flights cost at least 200 dollars per person. Though that does include ground transportation at each end. Uber's Eric Allison is confident the customers will come: ERIC ALLISON, HEAD OF UBER ELEVATE, SAYING (ENGLISH): "We know that there's a lot of demand to get from Manhattan to JFK and back, both ways, and so we think it's a perfect opportunity to really provide value to our riders, in a way to get to JFK even faster than they can now." For now the service only runs from the southern tip of Manhattan to the airport. But Uber says it may expand the number of pickup points in the city. It's certainly a time saver. Driving to the airport from Manhattan can take two hours. Public transport takes about an hour But new technology may be needed to bring the service to a mass market. Uber is working on electric flying taxis that could cut costs, noise and emissions. That service is scheduled to launch in Los Angeles, Dallas and Australia's Melbourne in 2023.