Singapore start-up plans helicopter ride-sharing in region

Service launched in Manila, with Bangkok and KL among next cities

Ascent Urban Air Mobility's founders, Frenchman Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff and Singaporean Darren T'ng, believe the helicopter ride-sharing platform would be useful in cities plagued by traffic jams. The Singapore start-up plans to launch in Bangkok, C
Ascent Urban Air Mobility's founders, Frenchman Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff and Singaporean Darren T'ng, believe the helicopter ride-sharing platform would be useful in cities plagued by traffic jams. The Singapore start-up plans to launch in Bangkok, Cebu, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta over the next two years.PHOTO: ASCENT URBAN AIR MOBILITY

Fancy forking out $180 for a seven-minute helicopter flight to beat the traffic jam in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur the next time you visit those cities? This could be an option soon if a Singapore start-up's plans take flight.

Helicopter ride-sharing platform Ascent Urban Air Mobility, which was launched in Manila on April 8, aims to expand its services to four other cities in the region. It plans to launch in Bangkok, Cebu, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta over the next two years to build on an "encouraging" start to its operations.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2019, with the headline 'Singapore start-up plans helicopter ride-sharing in region'. Print Edition | Subscribe