According to The Australian Financial Review, city workers will soon be able to step onto a Melbourne CBD rooftop and book a 10-minute, ride-sharing flight to the airport for less than $100, after Uber Air announced Melbourne will be the first international city to trial the service.
The plan will be revealed by Uber on Wednesday (AEST) at its Elevate summit in Washington, after striking partnerships with Macquarie Capital, Telstra, Scentre Group and Melbourne Airport to construct city skyports to support vertical take-off and landing.
The new type of aircraft - a piloted, electric passenger aircraft designed by Uber's manufacturing partners, including Bell and Boeing - are designed to carry four passengers with hand luggage of up to 18 kilograms.
Melbourne will join Dallas and Los Angeles as pilot cities for the program, with test flights due to start from 2020 and plans for commercial operations to commence from 2023.
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