28th March 2021 – (Hong Kong) Seaplane (Hong Kong) will introduce a trial operation of the first urban air mobility passenger line in Hong Kong by the end of 2021. Hong Kong will become one of the first cities in the world to introduce passenger drones (Urban Air Mobility) and operate seaplane routes. The passenger drone flight service will connect Central, Kwun Tong business district and Tseung Kwan O New Town, commuting time is greatly shortened to 5 to 8 minutes, and the one-way fare during non-peak hours is expected to be as low as HK$200. Along the way, you can get a bird’s eye view of Hong Kong’s extraordinary skyline.
At the beginning of the year, the founder Steven Dominique Cheung said that the seaplane currently can carry 19 passengers and 2 crew members, with a maximum cruising speed of 296 kilometres per hour. It is expected to hire about 200 more people in Hong Kong this year and will also train local pilots in Hong Kong in the future.
Steven Cheung, the founder of Seaplane Hong Kong, said that the HK$100 million-project will begin operations and offer passengers services that include aerial sightseeing, private charter flights, and on-demand air taxi services. There will be an app similar to UBER for citizens to book their trips.
Steven Dominique Cheung is the first British-Hongkonger to receive the Air League Duke of Edinburgh flying bursary. He was the Liberal Democrat Prospective parliamentary candidate for Walthamstow at the 2015 general election. He is also a pilot.