Uber To Launch Flying Taxis In Australia By 2023

Wed 12th Jun 2019

Melbourne, Australia has been chosen by ride-hailing service, Uber, as the first non-US city to trial the company’s revolutionary Uber Air operation.

The Californian company has revolutionised travel options across the globe with its smartphone app, and is now keen to help ease congestion across major cities by providing flying taxis. The company has already earmarked Los Angeles and Dallas as the first major cities to take on board Uber Air and has identified a number of aircraft partners to help deliver their vision for the future, with the design of the taxis to a unique Uber experience.

“Uber’s technology is changing the way people move around their cities; from bikes to pooled rides, we are always looking for ways to reduce the need for private car ownership,” Susan Anderson, who heads Uber in Australia and North Asia, said in a statement. “In the coming years, with Uber Air, we want to make it possible for people to push a button and get a flight.

"Australian governments have adopted a forward-looking approach to ridesharing and future transport technology.
“This, coupled with Melbourne's unique demographic and geospatial factors, and culture of innovation and technology, makes Melbourne the perfect third launch city for Uber Air. We will see other Australian cities following soon after."

Last week Uber announced a ride-share helicopter service from lower Manhattan to New York’s JFK airport, but expert vehicles in the future to replace helicopters and be vertical takeoff and landing vehicles.

While the expectation for flying taxis may be that it is likely to be an expensive pursuit, Uber’s executives are confident that the mode of travel will be more than effecient and will rival the cost of a standard UberX car.