Archer Aviation aims to launch an all-electric air taxi service in India by 2026

Archer Aviation, the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle startup, has partnered with India’s travel and hospitality conglomerate InterGlobe Enterprises to launch an all-electric air taxi service in the country by 2026. If successful, it will make the South Asian country the second international market outside the US to experience ambitious air taxi operations after the United Arab Emirates.

The two companies said Thursday that the service, subject to regulatory approvals and clearances, would be “competitive with ground transportation costs” and improve urban mobility in the world’s most populous country with low -noise electric air taxis. The partnership plans to finance the purchase of up to 200 Archer “Midnight” aircraft. The vertical takeoff and landing plane has a capacity of four passengers and one pilot and can fly up to 100 miles.

Starting with routes in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru, the electric air-taxi service aims to complete a 17-mile trip in the national capital in 7 minutes – a journey that normally takes 60 to 90 minutes by car. .

Archer and InterGlobe plan to partner with local businesses to power the electric aircraft, finance and build the vertiport infrastructure, and train pilots and other personnel needed for operations. The two companies are also looking to explore different use cases for the aircraft besides participating in the urban air taxi service, including cargo, logistics, medical and emergency services, as well as private companies. and charter services.

Counting Boeing and United Airlines among its investors, Archer secured a $142 million deal in August to provide up to six Midnight flights to the US Air Force. The California-based company wants to replace car trips with eVTOL trips in urban areas. Last August, the company received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin testing eVTOL flights in the U.S. It also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office last month to begin its service in the United Arab Emirates in 2026. .

“India is one of, if not the biggest opportunity for the use of eVTOL aircraft in the world, as it is home to the world’s largest population of over 1.4 billion people and the largest cities it faces some of the world’s greatest congestion challenges,” SAYS Archer CEO and founder Adam Goldstein, in a prepared statement. “Archer’s all-electric Midnight aircraft is designed to provide a revolutionary transportation solution that will help solve congestion issues.”

InterGlobe Enterprises, which backs India’s leading air carrier IndiGo, is looking to expand its presence in low-cost transportation with a new partnership.

“We are excited about this new opportunity to bring an efficient, futuristic and sustainable transportation solution by introducing Archer’s electric aircraft to India,” said Rahul Bhatia, group managing director of InterGlobe.

Urban transport in India has started to face challenges as the country has seen a sharp increase in the number of passenger and commercial vehicles in the last few years, along with limited road expansion and uneven road geometries throughout the cities. While state authorities are promoting the use of public transportation to reduce traffic congestion, the country has not yet found an adequate solution and is looking at next-generation options, including air taxis and hyperloop, to get a sustainable future.

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