Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions - March 24, 2023
United Airlines Launches First Commercial Electric Air Taxi Route in Chicago
United Airlines and Archer Aviation announced plans to launch the first air taxi route in Chicago between O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Vertiport Chicago. Their goal is to people in that area with a sustainable, low-noise, and cost-competitive alternative to ground transportation beginning in 2025.
The early launch routes will provide airport to city center transportation service, referred to as “trunk” routes. Once the trunk routes have been established, the next step will be to build out “branch” routes to connect to surrounding communities.
ComEd, a utility company, will work with United and Archer to establish the power infrastructure necessary to support eVTOL aircraft operations in and around Chicago.
"Both Archer and United are committed to decarbonizing air travel and leveraging innovative technologies to deliver on the promise of the electrification of the aviation industry,” said Michael Leskinen, President of United Airlines Ventures in a statement. “Once operational, we’re excited to offer our customers a more sustainable, convenient and cost-effective mode of transportation during their commutes to the airport.”
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