Late for your meeting with major investors? Need to rush to your own movie premiere? Not to worry: Uber has high-fliers covered with on-demand helicopter rides.
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This week, the ride-sharing service will be offering Sundance Film Festival attendees the option of hailing a helicopter from Salt Lake City International Airport directly to Park City, Utah. The 15-minute ride costs a mere $200 per person during the day and $300 at night, according to the LA Times.
The film festival definitely isn't Uber's first time in the air. Over the past couple years, "UberCopters" have been in service for Cannes, Coachella, the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, and Fourth of July rides from New York City to the Hamptons, the LA Times reported. Each time, Uber partnered with local helicopter operators.
But Uber's partnership with Airbus for Sundance has sparked rumors that the company is serious about having more passengers "get to the choppa!" on a permanent basis. Airbus says this is a pilot project (no pun intended). If it continues, they'll be competing with the NYC startup Blade, which has actually been called "the Uber of helicopters."
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Previous helicopter rides from Uber haven't come cheap, and generally cost between $400 and $600 per person. Or, for some events, a single privacy-seeker could book the whole helicopter - including door-to-door SUV service - for $3,000.
Hitching a helicopter for a mere 40-mile ride from the airport isn't the choice of my travel dreams. Instead, I'd log into an app that would send over a real Faraday Future car. I'll be at Terminal One wearing warm winter boots and a swanky parka.