Vietnamese ride-hailing app FastGo is set to launch the country’s first ‘helicopter-sharing’ service in Hanoi later this month, the company’s leader announced on Wednesday morning.
FastGo CEO Nguyen Huu Tuat told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the firm will begin offering helicopter rides in the Vietnamese capital through its new FastSky, starting from April 25.
The FastSky service will include SkyTour, SkyWedding, SkySOS, and SkyPlus.
SkyTour will serve as the first helicopter sightseeing tour to fly passengers over Hanoi and other areas of northern Vietnam while SkyWedding will offer couples the opportunity to take wedding photos overlooking the city or offer a unique way for the bride and groom to travel to and from their wedding.
FastSky’s other two services, SkySOS and SkyPlus, will be used for emergency air medical services and customized customer itineraries, respectively.
The helicopters are capable of carrying up to 12 passengers at a cost of approximately VND3 million (US$129) per person.
According to Tuat, the helicopter ride-sharing service, the first of its kind in Vietnam’s transport industry, is aimed at opening the skies to people from all walks of life, regardless of income.
“Credit card holders can pay in installments of VND300,000-500,000 ($13-22) per month,” Tuat said, explaining that the company hopes to use FastSky as a means of opening up the country’s skies to the masses.
FastGo will provide the booking platform for the service while a partner who has been permitted to fly in Vietnam will supply the helicopters and pilots, according to online news site VnExpress.
FastGo was developed by a Vietnamese start-up in the NextTech Group umbrella – a group of companies operating within Southeast Asia’s burgeoning digitized commerce industry and having been offering motorbike ride-hailing service in Vietnam since last June.
The firm was recently granted a license for official operations in Ho Chi Minh City by the Ministry of Transport.