Airbus’ Voom To Challenge Uber’s Flying Taxis In The US This Fall

Posted: Jun 22 2019, 2:28am CDT | by , in Technology News

Airbus’ Voom to challenge Uber’s flying taxis in the US this fall
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Voom, the on-demand helicopter-hailing service by Airbus, is set to expand its operations to the United States from Latin America this fall, rivaling Uber’s recently launched offering in New York.

The plans were confirmed by Voom to Fast Company. Apart from Uber, Voom is also up against Airbus-backed Blade — which offers flights between Manhattan, The Hamptons, Nantucket, New Jersey Coast, and a jet service between Manhattan and Miami — as well as startup Skyryse, which is also working on developing its own fleet of helicopters for its flight-booking service, although it has not indicated the timing of its launch or the locations where it plans to operate.

Meanwhile, Voom also plans to take flight in Asia this year, without disclosing which countries. Voom CEO Clément Monnet reportedly plans to roll out the company’s on-demand flight service to 25 cities around the world by 2025.

According to its website, Voom already offers flights over the San Francisco Bay Area, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Mexico City. Flights can be booked the same day or ahead of time, with riders expected to arrive at the helipad 15 minutes before their boarding time.

The U.S. expansion follows Voom’s launches in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Oakland, San Jose and Hayward, among other locations. The service operates from Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

In terms of fare, Voom charges about $147 for flights to San Francisco International Airport with an ETA of 7 minutes. The company’s helipads for its San Francisco Bay Area operations are located at the Hayward Airport, Palo Alto Airport, San Jose International Airport, Oakland International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.

Prior to the mini-launch in the U.S., Voom first took flight in Sao Paulo in 2017, where a one- to two-hour drive to or from the airport was replaced with a 15-minute flight for about $150. The company later expanded to Mexico City last year, with 15-minute airport shuttles worth $180.

Flight-hailing services could prove to be a massive hit for urban cities, especially in markets that are facing road congestion.

I4U recently reported that Uber Air is also set to launch in Melbourne, Australia, its first international foray outside of the U.S., where it plans to pilot flying taxis in Dallas, Los Angeles and New York.

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