Seaplane Hong Kong is hoping to one day aims to transport passengers around the country via drones for as little as $25. Their goal is to make hiring a transport drone as easy and painless to do as ordering a car from a ride-sharing service today.
The company plans to have the drones up and fly before the end of the year, depending on regulatory approval. It isn’t clear what drone the company will be using now, but most likely it will be using EHang’s 216 passenger drone.
When talking about his plans for this futuristic transport method, Seaplane Hong Kong CEO Steven Cheung shared:
Seaplane Hong Kong will be providing top-notch aerial transportation services from 2021, subject to regulatory approval. We will be expanding this urban mobility, drones, from Hong Kong Central to Kwun Tong, and then to TKO (Tseung Kwan O), significantly reducing travel time from 18 minutes to six minutes. We will do a trial just before the end of this year. In the beginning, they will be flown with manned pilots, but they are simply there for safety purposes.
A trial is set to take place later on in the year, with the drones being occupied by trained pilots for a while as a safety precaution, with the end goal to have zero pilots on board to save money and get to the $25 ticket goal.