InterGlobe Enterprises and US-based Archer Aviation will launch an all-electric air taxi service in India in 2026 that will be cost-competitive with on-road services, the companies said on November 9.
The partnership, once the companies get regulatory clearances, aims to capitalise on a growing need for transport solutions in India. The world’s most populous country is battling severe ground travel congestion and pollution in its main cities.
Backed by companies like Chrysler-parent Stellantis, Boeing and United Airlines, Archer Aviation makes electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that have been touted as the future of urban air mobility. These ‘Midnight’ e-aircraft can carry four passengers and a pilot for up to 100 miles (about 161 kilometers).
The service aims to start with 200 aircraft from Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. A trip that typically takes 60 to 90 minutes by car in Delhi, for example, will take about 7 minutes in an air taxi.
InterGlobe Enterprises also plans to use the e-aircraft for cargo, logistics, medical, emergency and charter services.
Archer Aviation secured a $142 million-deal from the US Air Force in July to provide six Midnight aircraft. The company in October said that it would launch an air taxi service in the UAE.