Chicago to debut first commercial electric air taxi route

Source: The Hill | March 24, 2023 | Devan Markham and Nick Smith

The e-taxi innovator hopes to expand the program to other major metro areas like New York City and Los Angeles.

CHICAGO (NewsNation) — Chicagoans may soon be able to fly over airport traffic on their way downtown.

In two years, Chicago will become the debut city for the first commercial electric air taxi route, according to a joint press release by Archer Aviation Inc. and United Airlines.

Archer and United announced plans to launch the commercial electric air taxi service on Thursday, saying they chose Chicago because it “is the third most populous city in the United States, a center for business, innovation and investment, and home to United’s headquarters. This makes it a unique city for Archer and United to build out.”

Archer’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft will commute from O’Hare International Airpot to Vertiport Chicago, the largest vertical aircraft take-off and landing facility in North America, located in the Illinois Medical District near the Chicago Loop, the press release said.


Archer’s release says people will be able to order trips through a mobile app for around $100-$150.

The service is scheduled to launch in 2025. At the same time, a massive construction project on Chicago’s main expressway that connects the city’s downtown area to ORD is expected to create traffic nightmares.


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