- Archer and United have selected Newark Liberty International Airport to Downtown Manhattan Heliport as the first route to deploy Archer’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to provide passengers with safe, fast, quiet and cost-effective transportation
- The route is expected to take less than 10 minutes on Archer’s all-electric Midnight™ aircraft
- The two companies plan to launch the first routes by electrifying existing aviation infrastructure in and around the New York metropolitan area
Archer Aviation Inc. and United Airlines announced their first airport-to-city service between United’s hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and New York City. The Downtown Manhattan Heliport, located directly above Battery Park at Pier 6, has been confirmed as the first planned takeoff and landing site as part of Archer’s broader plan to launch an Urban Air Mobility (UAM) network throughout the New York metropolitan area . The goal of Archer’s electric air taxi network is to provide passengers with safe, fast, quiet and cost-effective transportation to and from the EEA.
Archer’s proposed Manhattan to EEA route is the first specific route to be announced in the eVTOL industry. United’s EEA hub is ideally located to serve Manhattan and the surrounding counties and communities in New Jersey. Archer estimates that the journey from Downtown Manhattan Heliport to the EWR will take less than 10 minutes on its all-electric Midnight plane, a quiet, sustainable and safe alternative to helicopters. A similar journey by car during rush hour can take over an hour or more.
“We’re excited to confirm New York as the first of many routes we’ll be announcing with United as we work to expand our national UAM networksaid Adam Goldstein, Founder and CEO of Archer. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with United and working closely with state and local government officials in the New York and New Jersey area as we bring this exciting new form of transportation to life.”
“We are delighted that Archer and United Airlines have chosen to launch their first route right here in our New York Citysaid Eric Adams, Mayor of New York City. “We want New York to be a place of bold innovation and unconventional thinking, and I encourage other companies to follow suit.”
“Once operational, electric air taxis will fundamentally change the way United customers experience comfort, convenience and efficiency during their journey to the airport.said Michael Leskinen, President of United Airlines Ventures. “Archer’s New York to Newark route marks another important benchmark for carbon neutral and safe commuting, dramatically reducing travel time and generating a fraction of the noise emissions of helicopters.”
Archer’s early launch routes provide transportation service from the airport to the city center, referred to as “root routes”. Once these major main routes are established, Archer will begin building “branch routes” to connect to surrounding communities. The first phase of this UAM network is scheduled to start in 2025.