Can you say “carbon footprint”? I checked the date to make sure it isn’t April 1st.
This story from Yahoo News about beating the Vancouver commuter blues:
Wealthy executives who live in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley, outside of Vancouver, are jumping aboard the trend of helicopter service as a way to commute to the city.
In January, Pitt Meadows-based Sky Helicopters started offering door-to-door commuter service, which costs $1,000 a month.
George Lacny, Sky Helicopters’ director of sales and marketing, says the company introduced the service because it was clear there was a demand. So far 12 people have signed up for the service.
The only thing like this I can recall around here is/was the “Daddy planes” that flew people (men) up the coast to islands like Savary and Hernando during the summer. I remember one workshop/executive retreat a dozen years ago where a participant picked up his cellphone and ordered a Beaver floatplane to land at the beach in front of the venue. His son was playing in a rugby game that afternoon and he felt he ought to be there.
Describing it as “Uber-like,” Lacny says invoicing for the service is done beforehand, and customers are privy to their own helicopter that seats up to four people. They can be picked up from smaller regional airport hubs, or on larger estates that have enough space for a helicopter to land.
“We can often land right at their home,” he explains.
Those flying to Vancouver are dropped off at the city’s heliport station. The 40-kilometre trek from Pitt Meadows to downtown Vancouver can be done in less than 15 minutes by air.