If you’ve watched science fiction classics like Back to the future i Blade Runner, chances are you’ve wondered what it would be like to hop in a flying car and indulge in imaginative flights about commuting to work by plane – without worrying about getting stuck in a traffic jam.
Well, here’s some exciting news for you. The dream seems to be coming true, as a local startup, Seaplane Hong Kong, has just announced its plans to launch passenger drone services in the city and in the Greater Bay area, and flight tests are set to begin in late 2021.
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According to Steven Cheung, founder of the Hong Kong seaplane, the HK $ 100 million project will begin with plans to offer local passengers air sightseeing services, private charter flights, as well as on-demand taxi services. What’s more, a mobile app will be launched to complement the project for people who will require trouble-free driving, just like Uber works. Aiming to provide urban residents with a more reliable and efficient mode of transportation, the project will allow people to reach their destinations in a significantly shorter time, and trips between Central, Kwun Tong and Tseung Kwan O, for example, are made in 5 to 8 minutes.
The proposal for the first phase of the project has already been submitted to the Hong Kong Department of Civil Aviation for approval in January for work in the city. Preparations for the second phase, involving planning a new seaplane route to the Gulf area, including destinations such as Zhuhai, Yangjiang and Taishan airports, will continue and begin operations in the third quarter of this year after the company receives approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of China.
The company also hopes to increase its fleet of two Twin Otter aircraft to 28 by 2025, with the long-term goal of launching passenger drone services in several Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia.
Watch the official video for the new seaplane project in Hong Kong here and follow their website for additional updates