Uber, Grab take rivalry to the sky with chopper service


Posted at Nov 17 2015 07:03 PM

MANILA - Transport network companies Uber and Grab are taking their rivalry to the sky.

Uber said an "UberCHOPPER" option will be activated on its app on Saturday, November 21, for those who wish to take an aerial tour of Manila.

The free tour is offered from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. only on Saturday. Uber did not say if it will provide the service full-time.

To avail of the service, a maximum of three people will be picked up in one location by using the app and will be brought to the helipad for a 10-minute aerial tour.

"Demand for UberCHOPPER will be sky-high (no pun intended) and supply will be limited. If at first you don’t see any Ubers available, keep trying," the company said on its website.

Passengers will fly a fixed route and will not be able to request their own destination.

All fliers must be at least 18 years or older and should be a Filipino citizen, and are required to present a Philippine government-issued ID.

Passengers will get refreshments during the tour as well as a free UberBLACK ride afterwards.

Uber Manila has partnered with Airtrav Inc., a local operator of air charter services, for the tour service.

Uber launched a similar service in Hong Kong in August this year and charged HK$1,800 (more than P10,000) per passenger.

GrabTaxi Philippines, meanwhile, will also launch GrabHeli on Tuesday, November 24. The service will be offered on weekends only.

GrabTaxi is also currently testing a motorcycle taxi service called GrabBike in Makati and Bonifacio Global City.