Archer and Falcon Aviation to Develop Dubai, Abu Dhabi Vertiports

Render of an Archer Aviation vertiport in Dubai
Image Credit: Archer Aviation

Archer and Falcon Aviation will jointly develop a vertiport network in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, enabling flights between the two cities with Archer’s Midnight aircraft.

This establishes a key operational development for Archer’s plans to launch across the Emirates in both cities as soon as 2025

Archer Aviation, a leading developer of electric flying cars, has partnered with Falcon Aviation, a prominent UAE aviation services provider.

The duo will launch a network of vertiports – landing and takeoff infrastructure for eVTOL vehicles – in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

This collaboration marks a significant step towards offering passenger service between the two cities. The service will operate Archer’s Midnight flying car as early as 2025.

Faster Commutes with Scenic Views

The vertiports will be built at strategic locations – Falcon Heliport at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai and Marina Mall heliport in Abu Dhabi’s Corniche.

Currently, travel between these cities by car can take over two hours during peak traffic. Archer and Falcon Aviation’s flying car service aims to significantly reduce travel time. It offers a scenic journey over water with a flight time of approximately 30 minutes.

This service is expected to be the first of its kind connecting Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This is a major business and travel corridor.

Partnership for Urban Air Mobility

“Partnering with established players like Falcon Aviation and the Abu Dhabi government has been instrumental in our rapid regional expansion,” said Adam Goldstein, Archer’s founder and CEO.

“We believe this collaboration will pave the way for introducing our Midnight aircraft to the UAE, positioning the country as a global leader in urban air mobility.”

Captain Ramandeep Oberoi, CEO of Falcon Aviation, echoed this sentiment: “For nearly two decades, Falcon Aviation has been a leader in helicopter transport within the UAE.”

“Partnering with Archer allows us to leap into the future by offering flying car services in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, continuing our tradition of providing world-class transportation solutions.”

Archer’s Expansion in the UAE

This project aligns with Archer’s broader strategic plan, with the UAE being its first international launch market.

The collaboration strengthens a memorandum of understanding signed last year. Under the MoU, Falcon Aviation agreed to operate a significant number of Archer’s Midnight flying cars.

Additionally, Archer entered a preliminary agreement with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office to establish a manufacturing base.  It will receive economic incentives within the emirate’s Smart and Autonomous Vehicle Industry Cluster.

Photo Credit: Archer.

Sustainable Urban Transportation

“We’ve made significant progress in the UAE since announcing Dubai and Abu Dhabi as the launch cities for our international Midnight flights in 2025,” said Nikhil Goel, Archer’s Chief Commercial Officer. “We’re proud to be the first to announce plans for this route, including vertiport infrastructure at both ends.”

Archer’s Midnight is a four-passenger, piloted electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. It is purpose designed for rapid back-to-back flights with minimal charging time.

It aims to revolutionize urban travel by offering safe, sustainable, and low-noise air taxi services. These will compete with ground transportation in terms of cost and travel time.

About Falcon Aviation

Falcon Aviation is a leading Business Aviation Services Operator in the Middle East and Africa region. It was established in 2006 under the initiative of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

It is located at Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport and Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport.

Falcon Aviation provides a wide range of Operational and Aviation Support Services, which include

  • Oil and Gas Aviation Support,
  • Aircraft Charter Services and Helicopter Sightseeing Tours, Aircraft Management Services, Fixed Base Operator (FBO), Maintenance Repair and Overhauling (MRO),
  • Continuing Airworthiness Management (CAMO), and
  • Heliport Management and Inspection

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