Uber Launches Helicopter Service from Lower Manhattan to JFK, Expands Quiet Rides

July 12, 2019

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... an Uber?

The ride-sharing corporation on Tuesday launched a helicopter service that will take users from lower Manhattan to JFK airport.

Uber first announced the helicopter service was coming last month.

The helicopter rides, which operate under the name Uber Copter, are available on weekday afternoons and will cost an average of $200 to $225. The aircrafts are only available to members of Uber's Diamond and Platinum rewards programs.

That's not the only big announcement that Uber made Tuesday. The corporation also said it will be expanding its comfort ride options, which will provide users with at least 36 inches of legroom and the option to request a ride without conversations with the driver.

Riders who select the comfort option will also get new cars and will have the ability to request a certain temperature in the vehicle.

"It's a way to set up an expectation up front ... it takes some guess work out of the process," said Aydin Ghajar, Uber's senior product manager, according to The Associated Press.

Those comfort trips will cost a little more than a standard ride. They're being made available in major cities across the United States.


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