After the purported ?rejection? of its application by the government as a transport network company (TNC), app-based shuttle service firm U-Hop has announced that it is now offering chopper, private plane and yacht services.
Earlier, confusion marred the decision of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to “decline” the accreditation of U-Hop as a TNC after one of its board members, Ariel Inton, said that what the agency issued is merely a letter and not an outright denial.
This is contrary to the statement of LTFRB chair Winston Ginez, who insisted that the recommendation letter addressed to DOTC secretary Jun Abaya already served as a rejection of the U-Hop?s application since the shuttle service have a fixed route ? something that is prohibited under the rules governing TNCs.
U-Hop said it would question the alleged order and vowed to sue Ginez for his statements.
Meanwhile, the Ortigas-based company said it has partnered with top-of-the-line chopper, private plane, and yacht providers for luxury travel available through its app-based system.
?When before customers were clueless where to book chopper and yachts and have to go through the rigorous process of reservation, now it can be done with an easy click,? the company said.
Last October 1, U-hop said flew its first chopper customers who traveled to different points of Luzon to see Mt. Data in the Cordilleras, the Banaue Rice Terraces, and then back to Central Luzon to see Mt. Pinatubo in Zambales.
While ordinary users can book a chopper to transfer from one island to another, U-Hop said ita customers can customize their bookings according to purpose.
?Whether it’s to drop flowers from the sky on your wedding day, or an aerial gimmick for a marriage proposal, our services are tailored specifically to what customers need,? it explained.
U-Hop said private planes can also be booked for a more convenient and efficient travel than with a passenger airline. ?With over a hundred community airports and airstrips, U-Hop assures that our private plane customers will be taken nearer to their destinations, to the most exotic places in the country,? it said.
When it comes to yachts, U-Hop said it has the crewed yacht charter service that offers different services such as sight-seeing tour and even sailing lessons.
?With our app-based booking system, your tour or sailing lessons can be scheduled on your time of convenience. Customers even have the option to select what type of boat they prefer to use.?
When a customer avails any of the luxury transport, U-Hop said it will provide a car service to pick him or her up from the home or office and take him or her to the helipad or port.