Dubai to debut flying taxi fleet this year

Dubai to debut flying taxi fleet this year

Flying to work is not a foreign concept to many of Dubai's mega-wealthy - but a new trial is set to make it a much more reasonable prospect for the city's commonfolk.

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is set to trial a fleet of air taxis by the end of 2017, with a view to make them commonplace in years to come.

The organisation has joined forces with Volocopter Company, an air vehicle manufacturing business based in Germany - signing an agreement that will see them launching the first one capable of carrying two passengers.

The aircrafts will be powered by clean electricity, and have a battery charging time of 40 minutes, which will last for 30 minutes of actual flying time.

The RTA says the aircraft will have a luxury interior and cruise at 50km/h, with a maximum speed of 100km/h thanks to its 18 rotors.

The trial of the new taxi will begin from October 2017, according to the RTA.