New Uber helicopter service to launch July in NYC

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Uber is going airborne with the ride-hailing company’s latest expansion by soon offering helicopter service to and from New York City’s busiest airport.

Known as Uber Copter, the service will shuttle passengers between helicopter pads located in lower Manhattan and John F. Kennedy International Airport starting July 9, The New York Times first reported Wednesday.

The service will exist under the umbrella of Uber Elevate, an ambitious air transportation division of the company launched in 2016, and only available at first to members in the top tiers of its loyalty program, Uber Rewards.

Flights will take around eight minutes and cost an average of between $200 and $225 per person, the report said — a fraction of the time it typically takes to get to JFK, albeit at a considerably higher cost.

The same trip typically takes upwards of an hour by car or subway, and New York City requires taxi cabs to charge a flat rate of $52 for any trips between JFK and Manhattan. Cars ordered through the Uber app vary in cost depending depend on demand, though the price listed for a ride during rush hour Thursday afternoon ranged from $137 for a shared car, to $220 for a private SUV.

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