Uber to offer free chopper rides on Sunday

In the company of celebrities

Uber Kenya
"Uber has partnered with Corporate Helicopters in the promotion." PHOTO: THE INDEPENDENT

Uber users stand a chance to enjoy free helicopter rides in Nairobi and Mombasa on Sunday, September 4.

Through a statement released on Wednesday, August 31, Uber said it has partnered with Corporate Helicopters in the promotion.

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“Twelve lucky winners will have the opportunity to uniquely experience either the majestic Rift Valley from Nairobi or the calming coastline in Mombasa, with celebrities from each city,” reads part of the statement.

Uber launched its taxi services that rival traditional taxis in Nairobi in January 2015. The services have since spread to Mombasa and the neighbouring Thika.

This past June, the company slashed its prices by 35 per cent in an effort to beat the newly-launched online taxi-hailing app, Little Cab by Safaricom.

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The move sparked off a price war, with rivals Little Cab and Mondo Ride also setting lower tariffs compared to their global competitor.

Little Cab, developed by local IT firm Craft Silicon, is charging passengers Sh55 per kilometre and Sh4 per minute.

The service also has no flat base charge and prices are not adjusted upwards during peak hours or traffic jams.

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Uber charges in Kenya are priced at Sh60 for every kilometre covered and Sh4 per minute in addition to a base fare of Sh100.

The San Francisco-based taxi e-hailing giant also has price surges, where it increases rates by a multiple, say 1.5 times, in the event that demand cannot be met by the number of cabs in service, notes the paper.

Via the Star