Calling Yandex.Taxi? Do not be surprised if a helicopter arrives

The Yandex.Taxi transport company may soon add a helicopter call to its list of services – it is discussing this possibility in the Moscow government with Russian Helicopters (Rostekha’s daughter), as well as NITA Firma, a technical solutions provider for air traffic \The call is carried out through the application in the smartphone. It is planned that the service will be comprehensive: the passenger who ordered the helicopter through the application will be delivered to the take-off area by taxi. Initially, flights will be carried out from the Moscow Ring Road, later from the Garden Ring. Yandex.Taxi confirmed the fact of negotiations, additionally informing about the expected dates: in August it is planned to sign a quadripartite cooperation agreement “in the field of promoting the concept of urban air mobility”. This information was confirmed by Ilya Mikhalchenko, service and after-sales service director of BP-Technologies LLC. He added additional information: it is planned to use VRT500 helicopters developed by the Rostec subsidiary, which they will transfer for operation to an independent company. The developers of the project expect that as a result of its implementation in Moscow there will be a “full-fledged air route taxi”. Experts doubt that there will be a noticeable demand for helicopter services at Yandex.Taxi. It is not even a matter of high cost (46 000 rubles per hour of flight, for example, there is a fare on the Heliport Moscow air taxi that is already operating). In addition, the flight may not take place due to non-flying weather.

Sam Richards

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