Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR) and Atlantic Aviation, a prominent fixed-base operator (FBO) network and aviation services provider, have recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop electric aircraft infrastructure.
The focus of the new partnering is to establishing sites for electric aircraft operations in the bustling metropolitan areas of LA and New York City, as well as Northern California and South Florida.
Pioneering eVTOL Aircraft
Archer Aviation, a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, envisions a future where urban travel is transformed.
Their ambitious goal is to replace the arduous 60- to 90-minute car commutes with quick and efficient 10- to 20-minute electric air taxi flights.
A key aspect of this vision is Archer’s Midnight air taxi, a piloted, four-passenger aircraft designed for rapid back-to-back flights with minimal charge time in between.
Collaboration with Atlantic Aviation
Teaming up with Atlantic Aviation, a major MRO and services provider, Archer plans to electrify several existing aviation assets to support the future operations of their electric aircraft.
The collaboration spans key launch markets, including the metropolitan areas of LA, New York City, Northern California, and South Florida.
Leveraging BETA Technologies’ Expertise
To achieve their electrification goals, Archer and Atlantic Aviation will capitalize on their existing relationships with BETA Technologies.
The plan involves installing BETA’s interoperable rapid recharging systems, utilizing the Combined Charging System (CCS).
This system, recently endorsed by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), is already in use by top original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) across the aviation industry.
Targeted Launch and Expansion
The collaborative effort between Archer and Atlantic Aviation is set to materialize with the launch of services across the initial locations in 2025.
The companies plan to expand their services further, encompassing additional locations across Atlantic Aviation’s extensive portfolio as the availability of Archer’s aircraft scales.
Together, Archer and Atlantic Aviation aim to be leaders in defining the infrastructure experience for the electric aircraft industry.
Their vision includes offering premium experiences for customers, ensuring safe and centrally located landing facilities for passengers of Archer’s Midnight aircraft.
Comments from Archer and Atlantic Aviation
“We are excited to work with Atlantic to help electrify their vast portfolio of high-value aviation assets in America’s most congested cities including the New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco markets,” said Nikhil Goel, Archer’s Chief Commercial Officer.
“These initial eVTOL vertiport locations will provide a launching pad for future expansion across Atlantic’s portfolio and ensure that our Midnight aircraft has safe, centrally located landing facilities for our future passengers.”
John Redcay, Atlantic Aviation Chief Commercial and Sustainability Officer, said: “We are impressed with Archer’s technology and suite of world-class partners including United Airlines; we are excited to work together to electrify our aviation assets to enable quiet and sustainable urban air travel in cities across the U.S.”
Archer is designing and developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for use in urban air mobility networks. Archer’s mission is to unlock the skies, freeing everyone to reimagine how they move and spend time. Archer’s team is based in Santa Clara, CA.
About Atlantic Aviation
Atlantic Aviation offers customers more than 100 Fixed Base Operations (FBO) locations across North America – and includes locations in Hawaii and the Caribbean.
Atlantic Aviation’s facilities each provide a full suite of critical services to the business aviation sector covering a wide range of aircraft ground handling and corporate flight support, including fueling and line services, ground transportation, catering, hangar, deicing, and ramp space.
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