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Uber offering $3K helicopter rides to Hamptons

Posted at 9:08 AM, Jul 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-03 11:00:35-04

MANHATTAN (PIX11) — It may be a gimmick, but it caught our eye. On Wednesday and for Wednesday only – Uber, the car-hailing app — is allowing customers to book helicopter rides to the Hamptons.

The price tag $3,000 takes you and up to 4fourof your friend and includes SUV pickup to the chopper pad, then again from the chopper landing to your Hamptons destination.

The choppers specifications says it fits 6 passengers – but so as not to offend any larger ‘guests’ – Uber has set a 5 passenger maximum.

Such helicopter shuttles between New York City and the Hamptons already exists but Uber is using the one day experiment to promote its SUV service in the Hamptons.

Timing wise, it could be better, given NYC just had a tourist chopper go down this weekend.

No headcount was available in advance to see how many will use the chopper service on Wednesday since, like Uber cars, the app is used when the passenger is ready to roll.