Uber Air's International Launch Market
Uber’s Elevate team is developing an urban aviation ridesharing product called Uber Air. Starting in 2023, Uber customers will be able to push a button and get a flight on-demand with Uber Air in Dallas, Los Angeles, and a new international market. Over the next few years, Uber will be continue to work closely with city and country stakeholders to ensure that we create an urban aviation rideshare network that is safe, quiet, environmentally conscious and supports multi-modal transportation options.
To bring Uber Air to market, we have assembled a network of partners that include vehicle manufacturers, real estate developers, technology developers and three ‘launch cities’. At the first Uber Elevate Summit in 2017, the team announced that the first trial city would be Dallas, a city with a rich history of aviation. At the Web Summit later that year, we announced that Los Angeles would become our second launch city — one of Uber’s top markets and the most congested city in the world. In response to growing interest from across the globe, we announced open criteria for a third launch city outside of the United States at the 2018 Elevate Summit.
Importantly, we are not looking for cities to provide tax breaks or local incentives. Rather, we are looking for cities with aspirational vision who are investing in their transportation systems and wish to bring Uber Air to market for their residents as quickly as possible. These cities will be the first to offer Uber Air flights with the goal to begin demonstrator flights in 2020 and commercial operations in 2023.
At the Uber Elevate APAC Expo in August 2018, we announced a shortlist of finalists Stay tuned for updates as we continue to work with these countries to identify new markets for Uber Air!