Helicopter Rideshare: Gotham Air
Gotham Air is a new ride-sharing service in New York that recently released its iOS and Android apps to the general public.
Many might ask what the need is for another ride-sharing service, when Uber and Lyft are so prevalent, but Gotham Air is whole different ballgame: passengers aren’t sharing a taxi, SUV, or a black car… they’re sharing helicopters.
These helicopter trips are also fairly specific, as they only fly from Manhattan’s Downtown Heliport to either JFK or Newark airport, each passenger is only allowed one, 25-pound carry-on, and seats are $219 each. There is, however, an occasional introductory price of $99 during certain times of the day.
Yes, that amount is per seat. And the helicopter will only take off if a flight gets four reservations out of six. The app indicates which flights already have four reservations, so users can buy the fifth or the sixth slot without having to worry whether the flight’s a go.
The app is just as easy to use as Uber: you sign up, make a profile, list your credit card on file, then search for the seat you want to reserve. Easy as pie.
According to Gizmodo’s review, Gotham Air’s choppers are FAA-certified and equipped with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Seeing all of NYC from above sounds like a great way to travel… the bad news is, passengers only have six minutes to enjoy the sights before the aircraft reaches its destination. In the future, the service might expand to other destinations, but that will only happen if it becomes a hit among moneyed Manhattan locals.