United Airlines orders 200 vertical-takeoff electric airplanes

Feb. 12, 2021
Startup Archer received investments from United Airlines and Stellantis, reports Timothy B. Lee for Ars Technica.

PALO ALTO, Calif., - The success of uncrewed electric drones in the last couple of decades has caused some people to wonder if similar construction techniques to those used in drones could be employed to create small electric aircraft to carry people, reports Timothy B. Lee for Ars Technica. 

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February 12, 2021 -According to the company, Archer's first aircraft is due to be delivered in 2024 and will have a range of approximately 60 miles with a maximum speed of 150 MPH. United Airlines could use the eVTOL to make short jaunts from larger airports to smaller ones, like San Francisco to Palo Alto, or to fly customers from a nearby parking area to the airport.

“It’s pretty incredible to think how big this market can be,” Archer co-founder and co-CEO Adam Goldstein said. “The partnership with United really gives us a chance to get to market first and really helps us accelerate our timeline.”

“By working with Archer, United is showing the aviation industry that now is the time to embrace cleaner, more efficient modes of transportation,” United CEO Scott Kirby said in a release announcing the Archer SPAC.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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