According to Steven Cheung, the founder of Seaplane Hong Kong, the HK$100 million-project will begin operations with plans to offer local passengers aerial sightseeing services, private charter flights, as well as on-demand air taxi services. What’s more, a mobile app will be launched to complement the project for people to request a ride at ease, just like how Uber works. Aiming to provide urbanites with a more reliable, efficient transportation method, the project will allow people to reach their destinations in a significantly shorter time, with trips between Central, Kwun Tong and Tseung Kwan O made in 5 to 8 minutes, for example.
The proposal of the project’s first phase has already been submitted to the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department for approval in January to operate in the city. Preparations for the second phase, which refer to new seaplane route planning to The Greater Bay Area, including destinations such as Zhuhai Airport, Yangjiang and Taishan, will continue and begin operations in the third quarter this year once the company has received approval from Civil Aviation Administration of China.
The company is also hoping to grow their fleet from two Twin Otter aircraft to 28 by 2025, with a 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 Seaplane Hong Kong’s new project here and stay tuned to their website for more updates