California eVTOL startup Archer to deliver 250 flying taxis in 2025 to meet the $1 billion order from United Airlines
Early last year, United Airlines announced it has agreed to purchase $1 billion worth of battery-powered flying taxis entered from California-based aerospace startup Archer Aviation in preparation for its 2024 launch.
As part of the partnership agreement, United said it will buy $1 billion worth of Archer’s eVTOL aircraft with an option for an additional $500 million of aircraft. United, along with Mesa Airlines, is preparing to transport customers with Archer’s eVTOL zero-emission aircraft by 2024.
Four months after the announcement, Archer unveiled its first electric flying taxi “Maker” in a Tesla-style debut staged at a hangar using XR technology to simulate a ride. The Maker flying taxi, which starts at an entry-level price between $3 and $4 per passenger mile, can fly at 150 miles per hour (240 km per hour) for distances up to 60 miles (100 km). During the event, Archer also set a 2024 date for the commercial launch.
Fast forward a year later, Archer this week that it aims to make about 250 battery-electric air taxis in 2025 as it sets the goal of getting its aircraft certified by the end of 2024. The startup added it also plans to scale up production in the following years.
In an interview with Reuters, CEO Adam Goldstein said: “In our first year, we will build 250 aircraft, our second year will build 500 aircraft, our third year will build 650 aircraft and then we scale it up to around 2,000 aircraft per year.”
Although the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is still trying to come up with certification rules for eVTOL aircraft, the 2-year-old startup added that it aims to certify its pilot-plus-four-passenger aircraft, ‘Midnight’, by the end of 2024.