Archer Aviation Inc, a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, and InterGlobe Enterprises, a travel and hospitality conglomerate, have into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the goal of partnering to launch and operate an all-electric air taxi service in India. The partnership also plans to finance the purchase of up to 200 of Archer’s Midnight aircraft for the India operations.
The goal is for a passenger on an InterGlobe-Archer flight to be able to fly the 27-km Delhi trip from Connaught Place to Gurugram, typically taking 60 to 90 minutes by car, in approximately 7 minutes.
Archer’s Midnight aircraft is a piloted, four-passenger electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft designed to perform rapid back-to-back flights with minimal charge time between flights.
Rahul Bhatia, Group Managing Director of InterGlobe, adds: “Over the last two decades, InterGlobe has been involved in providing safe, efficient, and affordable transportation to hundreds of millions of Indians across the country. We are excited at this new opportunity of bringing an effective, futuristic and sustainable transport solution by introducing Archer’s electric aircraft to India.”
Nikhil Goel, Chief Commercial Officer of Archer Aviation, comments: “At Archer, our goal is to make cities greener, smarter, more efficient places to live. We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with Rahul and the InterGlobe team to bring our Midnight aircraft to Indian cities and fundamentally transform mobility across the country, with the goal of starting with Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.”
Archer’s team is based in Santa Clara, California.