Uber, an Internet Age taxi app that allows users to hire luxury cars via its mobile app, is now offering a helicopter ride, called UberChopper, on Father's Day weekend on June 14 and 15 in Bangalore and Mumbai respectively.
On June 14, starting 9am, users can request for a helicopter ride in Bangalore, and from the same time on June 15 in Mumbai. In both cities, the ride costs Rs. 4,999, including a pick and drop in a luxury car. Uber has partnered with Deccan Air for the helicopter ride service.
Each request will only be for two persons, that includes free transport from their home to helipad, and back (door-to-door service). One chopper ride can seat four persons, and so Uber warns that ridesharing maybe in effect in case of heavy demand. Users will be flown around the city's iconic buildings and locations. Not just this, after the ride Bangalore users will be taken for a brunch in the High Ultra Lounge "on the tallest building in the city."
The helicopter ride request will be entertained by Uber according to availability, and the company will give a call for final confirmation after the request has been placed. In order to request a ride, users can select UberChopper in the lower menu of the Uber app, followed by a tapping on a black bar that reads "Request Chopper".
Additionally the company is offering a Rs. 500 discount for new users of the Uber app, with promo code "UberChopper", which can be availed either for chopper ride or the first Uber cab ride.The US-based startup operates in over 70 cities globally since its launch in March 2009. The company had launched in India in August 2013, first in Bangalore. At present, the Uber service is available in 6 cities - Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.