US airline set to buy flying electric taxis for airport runs

United Airlines plans to buy 200 flying electric taxis that it hopes will fly passengers to the airport within the next five years.

The US airline is one of the first major carriers to commit to the purchase of flying taxis.

United Airlines will also invest in flying taxi firm Archer as part of a $1.1bn (£800m) deal to develop the aircraft.

The aircraft need regulatory approval before the purchase can go ahead.

United Airlines will team up with US regional carrier Mesa Airlines to buy Archer’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as part of a $1bn order.

The deal is seen as a stamp of approval for start-up Archer, which said it will launch its shares on the US stock market following the deal.

Other investors in the start-up include carmaker Stellantis, the new company formed last month by the merger of Fiat Chrysler and France’s PSA Group.

United and Mesa said they predict using the taxis to fly passengers over congested highways to hub airports.

California-based Archer says the taxis will be capable of flying a distance of 60 miles (95km) at 150 miles an hour (240km/h) and could nearly halve carbon dioxide emissions for passengers travelling to the airport.

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spotlight
4 months ago

It’s like “Drones Gone Wild.”

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dialed in
4 months ago

This type of junk is all become of the fascist green movement. Unless China and India are forced to control their fossil fuel emissions … this electric crap doesn’t mean squat.

darwin
4 months ago

If you can afford to use one of these (presumably expensive) flying electric taxes, why in the world would you fly United Airlines. Charter your own jet rather than be jammed in like cattle flying public.

toast
4 months ago

Do they know how dangerous these helicopter-design are? You wouldn’t catch me dead flying in one of these death traps.

https://newscetera.com/why-do-helicopters-crash-so-often/

agent 99
4 months ago

I’m guessing they are using the government bailout monies from COVID for this new idea? Our tax dollars at work …

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