Uber and Airbus Teaming Up to Provide On-Demand Helicopter Flights at Sundance Film Festival
Aircraft builder Airbus is teaming up with ride-sharing giant Uber to bring an on-demand flight service to the public, using helicopters. The service is debuting at the Sundance Film Festival later this week in Park City, Utah. According to the New York Times, the “pilot project” (pun?) will feature Airbus H125 (above) and H130 (bottom image) passenger helicopters. Uber will use its ride-shared cars to bring customers to the helicopter landing sites. RELATED: Check out the autonomous helicopter from CES 2016
Uber has gone airborne before- previously taking customers up in helicopters at the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera, as well as Bonnaroo. It has also taken customers between Manhattan and the Hamptons. So you can get a helicopter ride, but it is typically on the backdrop of exclusive events and locales.
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The pricing and fair structure for the on-demand flights was not announced, though in these previous instances, fees have ranged from hundreds to even thousands of dollars. Uber may have done this before, but it is a first for Airbus, showing how both companies are continuing to expand their business opportunities. For those taking the Uber flights, it might be a lower-cost alternative to a charter, but it makes us wonder when there will be an on-demand helicopter service for the rest of us!
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