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Uber Will Begin Giving Helicopter Rides Around NYC This Summer

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Flying to avoid traffic is now a reality!

Uber just announced that its most active users will get access to "Uber Copter," a new service that'll transport passengers from Manhattan to the John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The cost will be subject to surge pricing, but most air rides will fall in a range between $200 and $225, said Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate.

“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. “The main goal of this initial venture is to understand the operations behind aerial vehicles.”

The aerial rides will take eight minutes, which is substantially shorter than the hour (or more) it takes by train or car and it will only be available to Platinum and Diamond members of the Uber Rewards loyalty program.

The service can also be booked on the app up to one hour prior and pre-booked as many as five days in advance.