Archer Aviation and United Airlines announced today their first airport to city centre commercial route between United’s hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and New York City, reports a press release.

The release says, “The Downtown Manhattan Heliport, located just above Battery Park on Pier 6 has been confirmed as the first planned takeoff and landing sites as part of Archer’s broader plan to launch an Urban Air Mobility (UAM) network across the New York Metropolitan Area.”

It continues, “Archer’s proposed Manhattan to EWR route marks the first specific route that has been announced in the eVTOL industry. United’s hub at EWR is ideally located to serve Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs, as well as communities in New Jersey.”

Downtown Manhattan Heliport (credit: David Jones/Wikimedia Commons)

Archer estimates the journey from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport to EWR will take less than 10 minutes via its Midnight aircraft. A similar journey by car can take upwards of an hour or more during rush hour traffic.

Adam Goldstein, Archer’s Founder and CEO, commented, “We’re excited to be confirming New York as the first of many routes we’ll be announcing alongside United as we work to build out our national UAM network. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with United and to working closely with state and local government leaders in the New York and New Jersey area as we bring this exciting new form of transportation to life.”

Michael Leskinen, President of United Airlines added, “Once operational, electric air taxis will fundamentally change how United customers experience comfort, convenience, and efficiency during their commutes to the airport.”

Michael Leskinen (credit: United Airlines)

Archer’s early launch routes will provide airport to city centre transportation service, which it refers to as “trunk” routes. Once these primary flight paths have been established, Archer will begin building out “branch” routes to connect surrounding communities. The first phase of this UAM network is targeted for launch in 2025.

This news follows United’s recent USD10 million pre-delivery payment for 100 of Archer’s eVTOL aircraft.

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