Uber and Airbus team up to offer travellers helicopter services

Cape Town - Aviation big shot Airbus has come in to help get Uber helicopters back on their feet. 

Together the two companies will test their new venture when they will offer glamorous and fast helicopter rides at the Sundance Film Festival being held in Utah, USA on 21 January 2016. 

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Airbus is supplying Uber with two different aircraft models and travellers just need to use the trusty app to request a normal Uber ride. They will then be picked up and taken to the various helicopter pickup points, explains The Daily Mail

For now, it is a pilot project, explained the Airbus Chief Executive, Tom Enders. Uber has dabbled in 'on-demand' helicopter rides before, in 2013 between Manhattan and the Hamptons, at the Cannes Film Festival and various art and music festivals. 

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The decision by Airbus to team up with Uber is a sign of pushing innovation at "the Toulouse". The aviation company has been making strong attempts to stay above water in the helicopter industry - with helicopter sales having dropped significantly from 2014 - 2015, reports Daily Mail.

The price of things...

In December 2015, Uber offered helicopter rides for one day between 10 am and 12 pm in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru India. The Uber customers were picked up with a car and then driven to the nearest airfield to go on a 15-minute ride, reported The Daily Mail. 

With the Manhattan - Hamptons rides, Uber customers could go to the Hamptons and back for about $3 000 (about R50 461 at R16.82 / $) while the cost for the Indian rides were $75 for two people. 

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Now Uber intends to use the service to help Sundance Festival goers get around the festival with ease. The helicopters being used are the Airbus H125 and H130 helicopters at Sundance.

Uber was founded in 2009 and has since offered a range of minicab taxi services, food deliveries and unique transport options such as rickshaws in India, explains The Telegraph UK. 

For festival goers in South Africa, this advancement may we something to watch out for if it comes to SA - the Uber helicopter rides might become the new trend at Afrika Burn, Rocking the Daisies and Up The Creek - offering fun and fast arrivals in style. What do you think?

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