Uber Air To Launch Flying Taxis In Melbourne

Posted: Jun 12 2019, 4:57am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Uber Air to launch flying taxis in Melbourne
Uber Air concept / Photo by Uber

The ride-hailing giant is taking flight in Dallas and Los Angeles, too.

Just a week after announcing that it is launching flight services in New York via a helicopter, ride-hailing giant Uber has today come out to formally announce that it is launching its first international market for Uber Air in Melbourne, Australia.

The New York service is not yet part of the company’s planned Uber Air program, but it already offers customers an option to book a chopper through the Uber app. The service is able to take passengers between Lower Manhattan and Kennedy International Airport, ideal for someone who’s rushing to the airport to catch a flight.

Meanwhile, in a press release detailing Uber Air, the company said Melbourne will be the third pilot city for the program following Dallas and Los Angeles. Uber Air will run test flights in these cities from 2020, with commercial operations expected to commence from 2030.

The service is seen as a solution for mobility and congestion in metro cities like Melbourne, which according to a report in 2018, ranked higher than New York in the list of cities with the worst traffic congestion. By 2030, congestion is expected to cost Australia $30 billion from the current $16.5 billion.

Unlike the chopper service rate in New York, which ranges from $200 to $225 a person, the company said Uber Air will be able to transport people across cities for the same price as an UberX trip over the same distance.

“Since we entered the market in 2012, Australians have embraced Uber wholeheartedly. Today, over 3.8 million Aussies regularly use Uber as a reliable way to get from A to B, and governments across the country have recognised the important role ridesharing plays in the future of transport for our cities,” Susan Anderson, regional general manager for Uber in Australia, New Zealand and North Asia, said at Uber’s global Elevate (Uber Asia) Summit in Washington.

Uber said it partnered with Australian institutions like Macquarie, Telstra and Scentre Group, owner and operator of Westfield in Australia and New Zealand, to support the infrastructure and telecommunications needed to make Uber Air a reality in the country.

The tech giant launched Uber Elevate to develop aerial ridesharing at scale. In 2018, the company announced its plan to also roll out the service across Brazil, France, India and Japan.

Uber Air will run test flights from 2020, with commercial operations expected to commence from 2030.

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