A US airline will transport passengers in flying electric taxis.
United Airlines is planning to buy 200 air taxis, which it hopes will transport passengers to the airport over the next five years. One of the largest US airlines is among the first major carriers to commit to buying air taxis. United Airlines is also investing $1.1 billion as a stake in the Archer air taxi company to develop their fleet.
Air taxis still need official approval before they can be purchased. United Airlines is partnering with US regional carrier Mesa Airlines to purchase Archer electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as part of a $1 billion order. The deal also means Archer has been approved to list its shares on the US stock market following the deal.
Other investors in the start-up include car maker Stellantis, the new company formed last month by the merger of Fiat Chrysler and French group PSA. United Arlines and Mesa Airlines both stressed that using taxis can get passengers to airports on time over congested highways. According to California-based Archer, the taxis can fly 95 km at 240 kilometres per hour and cut by half the carbon emissions of passengers travelling to the airport.