Wednesday 7 December 2016

Uber offering helicopter service but it could be pricey

Published 18/01/2016 | 10:43

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Stuck in traffic? You may soon be able to hail an Uber helicopter.

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The fast-growing car-hailing service is experimenting with helicopter rides in the US. However, while an Uber taxi trip can cost €10 or less, the helicopter rides are expected to be priced at several hundred euro upwards.

The helicopter service trial is being expanded this week at Utah’s Sundance Film Festival, having been operated at the CES electronics trade show in Las Vegas this month.

A car service will be included in the service, to take passengers to and from helicopter points.

Helicopters for the service, which is expected to be named UberChopper, are being supplemented by Airbus, the European aircraft manufacturer

“It’s a pilot project, we’ll see where it goes,” said Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders. “But it’s pretty exciting.”

Uber is currently valued at €60bn as it has become the world’s biggest car-hailing service.

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