Voom, an Airbus company, announced the launch of its helicopter service in the U.S., starting with the San Francisco Bay Area. Expanding upon its successful helicopter service in Latin America, Voom provides an easy and affordable way to quickly fly over traffic with service available between five Bay Area airports: Napa, Oakland, Palo Alto, San Francisco and San Jose, according to a company release.
With Voom, travelers pay on a per-seat basis, and in order to keep prices affordable, the platform pools passengers traveling to the same destination. To schedule a trip with Voom, travelers can use the Voom app or book online enabling them to book in seconds and reach their destination in minutes. Passengers can book flights up to one hour before departure. On the day of travel, the passenger simply checks in at the designated helipad 15 minutes before boarding time.
“Based on Airbus’ aviation expertise and our proven success offering our helicopter service in Brazil and Mexico, Voom is uniquely positioned to lead the transformation of air travel in the world’s most congested cities,” said Clément Monnet, CEO of Voom. “We are excited to offer our service in the U.S. and to launch in the same location where Voom was born.”
He added, “Our service will make it easy and affordable for business travelers to travel quickly from locations such as the San Francisco airport to San Jose in only 20 minutes, rather than sitting in traffic for hours trying to get to a meeting.”
Voom works with highly-vetted third-party helicopter operators and helipads to deliver its service, and is not an operator, according to the company. The Voom platform connects passengers with certified helicopter operators in the Voom network. All third-party operators must meet rigorous standards for safety and excellence.
Voom also offers easy access to full-aircraft charters to additional regional airports, such as Half Moon Bay, Monterey, Livermore and Sacramento.
Voom launched its helicopter service in 2017 in Brazil and has flown tens of thousands of passengers, where it operates a network of six helipads to serve its passengers in São Paulo. The company also operates a network of six helipads in Mexico City.