In a groundbreaking move, Archer Aviation, a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, has joined forces with InterGlobe Enterprises, a major player in India’s travel sector, to bring an innovative all-electric air taxi service to India by 2026. This collaboration aims to revolutionize urban mobility in one of the world’s most populous nations, marking India as Archer’s second international foray, following the United Arab Emirates.
This exciting partnership, announced on Thursday, hinges on regulatory green lights. Once operational, these air taxis promise an affordable, noise-minimized way to zip through Indian skies. The plan is to start with a fleet of up to 200 of Archer’s “Midnight” aircraft, each accommodating four passengers and a pilot, capable of covering distances up to 100 miles.
Imagine this: a typical hour-and-a-half road trip in Delhi reduced to a mere 7-minute flight. This is what Archer and InterGlobe aim to offer, initially focusing on key urban hubs like Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.
But the vision extends beyond mere passenger transport. The duo is exploring diverse applications for their eVTOL aircraft, ranging from cargo and logistics to emergency medical services, and even private charters. They’re not just about flying; they’re about reshaping the entire ecosystem – from operating the crafts, constructing vertiports, to training pilots and crew.
Boasting backers like Boeing and United Airlines, Archer isn’t new to making waves. They sealed a $142 million deal with the U.S. Air Force for six Midnight aircraft in August. Their ambition? To replace urban car commutes with swift eVTOL flights. Their FAA certification for test flights in the U.S. and a memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi set the stage for their global expansion, with the eyes set on 2026 launches in both the UAE and India.
Adam Goldstein, Archer’s CEO and founder, highlighted India’s unique position as a prime market for eVTOL aircraft, given its massive population and severe urban congestion. The Midnight aircraft, with its all-electric design, offers a transformative solution to these challenges.
InterGlobe Enterprises, the powerhouse behind India’s leading airline IndiGo, sees this partnership as a leap into the future of affordable transportation. Rahul Bhatia, Group Managing Director of InterGlobe, expressed enthusiasm for introducing this sustainable and futuristic transport solution to India.
This venture comes at a time when India’s urban transport faces increasing strain. With a booming number of vehicles, limited road space, and diverse road layouts, the country’s cities are ripe for a transportation revolution. While public transport has been a focus to alleviate congestion, India eagerly eyes next-gen solutions like air taxis and hyperloops for a more sustainable and efficient future.
In essence, Archer Aviation and InterGlobe Enterprises are not just launching a service; they’re aiming to redefine urban mobility in India. As they gear up for their 2026 launch, the eyes of the world will be on this pioneering initiative, poised to set a new benchmark in eco-friendly, efficient urban transport.