Grab is making one other try to deliver a cut-price helicopter service to a Southeast Asian metropolis

Well-heeled Indonesian travellers could quickly have the option to escape Jakarta’s infamous site visitors jams through the use of their smartphones to hail a helicopter.

Ride-hailing firm Grab, which additionally operates within the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam is getting ready for a trial run of GrabHeli subsequent weekend.

The same scheme was introduced for Manila in late 2015, however after an preliminary blaze of publicity the scheme was apparently quietly dropped.

Mediko Azwar, Grab Indonesia’s advertising director, mentioned the corporate was “exploring the possibility” of launching GrabHeli on a industrial foundation in Jakarta and a feasibility research was now being carried out.

“We see that the public need is there, there are executives who need to move from one point to another in a short period of time,” he defined.

The plan remains to be within the early phases, and Mr Azwar didn’t give any particulars about potential pricing.

Just like in Manila, Jakarta’s site visitors is a significant headache for businesspeople in search of to sprint between conferences — usually forcing appointments to be postponed or cancelled.

Grab will not be the primary firm to experiment with a helicopter service — in 2015, Uber introduced an “UberChopper” service for Manila, but it surely again, it appears to have been quietly dropped.

The Singapore-headquartered firm’s core product platform contains non-public automobiles, motorbikes and taxi-hailing companies that are quickly gaining reputation in a area that’s house to greater than 600 million folks with an ever-expanding center class.

Source: philippineslifestyle