Uber will offer helicopter service between Lower Manhattan and New York JFK starting this summer.
The ride-sharing service plans to take on BLADE, which currently offers helicopter service between all three New York airports (JFK, LGA, and EWR) and Manhattan for as low as $120 one-way.
In the case of JFK, a helicopter cuts the commute time from as much as one-hour to eight minutes.
New Uber Copter Service
Here are some key details about the new Uber Copter Service:
- Target pricing will begin at $200 one-way, though fares will be dynamic
- Service will initially only be offered on weekday afternoons
- Weight limit will be 40 pounds (BLADE only allows 20 pounds per passenger)
- Uber car service to/from final destination will be included
- Only Uber Platinum and Diamond members will have access to this service
- You need to spend about $850/year on Uber to earn Platinum status
Uber Copter vs. BLADE
I flew BLADE in 2017 from the West Midtown Heliport to Newark and had an amazing trip. An Air Traffic Control delay kept us in the air an extra eight-minutes, but I was happy for the double flight time. You can read my full report with pictures here.
Sadly, the same helicopter I journeyed on crashed in the Hudson River last year.
> Read More: “My” Helicopter Crashed into East River in NYC
I expect that Uber will subcontract out to some of the same helicopter companies as BLADE.
While I won’t be rushing to New York City to try this, I appreciate the innovation. More competition leads to lower prices for consumers and I’d love to see a price war between Uber and BLADE.