Uber is working on launching flying taxi service in next 5 years. Air taxis will let passengers take small aircraft rides with vertical takeoff and landing. Uber plans to launch air taxis in Dallas, Los Angeles, and one international destination by 2023. The company has also shortlisted 5 international markets to launch its air taxis - Japan, India, Australia, Brazil, and France.

The company is working closely with federal government in different countries to chalk out a plan to launch such service. In India, Uber may launch service in Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai. According to BCG study, Traffic congestion costs major Indian cities Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Bengaluru $21 billion each year. Air taxis will work node-to-node instead of point-to-point, taking people to airports or industrial complexes in the outskirts of the city. Uber is working with five partners, Karem Aircraft, Embraer, Pipistrel, Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences and Bell (formerly Bell Helicopters), to develop the vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicles.

Some of the existing examples of air taxis in India include helicopters service in Bengaluru between Electronic City and Kempegowda International Airport and heli-taxi service between Chandigarh-Shimla journey.
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