Uber will start offering $200 helicopter rides in NY next month

Time to fly

Time to fly

Uber said its Copter service will carry passengers between New York's JFK Airport and lower Manhattan.

The New York Times reports that the helicopter service will start in New York City on July 9.

When Uber Copter arrives next month, it will only be available to members of the company's loyalty program who qualify for the top two tiers, Platinum and Diamond, said a person familiar with the plans.

Like Uber rides, Uber Copter will determine pricing based on demand and the average ride will cost users between $200 and $225 a person. "Our plan is to eventually roll out Uber Copter to more Uber customers and to other cities, but we want to do it right", Allison said told The New York Times. The helicopters accommodate up to five people and will run Monday through Friday during the afternoon rush hour.

The company is planning to expand the availability of Uber Copter over the coming weeks and months, testing the launch for a future aerial ride-sharing network, according to an Uber spokesperson. Passengers will get a confirmation email that doubles as a boarding pass after the seats are reserved. "The main goal of this initial venture is to understand the operations behind aerial vehicles". One-way flights will cost $195 United States dollars per person. We've built Uber Copter to provide us with insight and real-world experience as we continue to lay the foundation for Uber Air.

While other helicopter services are available to NY airports, Uber is touting this as a "seamless" solution that includes all ground transportation and which can be booked on its smartphone app. After a 90-second safety video, the whirlybirds will takeoff and head on over to JFK airport and land at a heliport within the vicinity of Terminal 8 at JFK. One potential sticking point-at least for some customers: Each passenger will be allowed only one personal bag and a carry-on weighing less than 40 pounds because of space and weight constraints.

The Uber Copter ride would try and cut that down to about a half-hour with only eight minutes of airtime, while the rest is by ground transportation. To accommodate any extra weight, Uber will offer a special service for an extra $85 Dollars that will pick up and deliver checked luggage between the airport and addresses in Manhattan.