Transport company “Yandex.Taxi can soon add a helicopter call to the list of its services - this possibility is discussed in the Moscow government with Russian Helicopters (Rostec subsidiary), as well as the air traffic engineering solutions provider NITA. The call is made 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 taken to the take-off area by taxi. Initially, flights will be carried out from the Moscow Ring Road, later - from the Garden Ring.
In “Yandex.Taxi ”confirmed the fact of negotiations, additionally informing about the expected dates: in August it is planned to sign a four-sided agreement on cooperation“ in the field of promoting the concept of urban air mobility ”. This information was confirmed by Ilya Mikhalchenko, Director for Service and After Sales Service of BP-Technology LLC.
He added additional information: it is intended to use the VRT500 helicopters being developed by the Rostec subsidiary, which will be handed over to an independent company for operation. The project's developers expect that as a result of its implementation in Moscow a “full-fledged air route taxi” will appear.
Experts doubt that the services of helicopters in“Yandex.Taxi” will be a significant demand. The matter is not even in high prices (46 000 rubles per flight hour, for example, there is a fare on Heliport Moscow, which is already operating now). In addition, the flight may not take place due to bad weather.