Archer to launch air taxi operations in the UAE by 2026

Archer & Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) plan to launch Archer’s All-Electric Air Taxi Service across the UAE.

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Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) and Archer held a signing this week at which they, along with other aviation industry leaders from across the region, including Falcon Aviation and GAL-AMMROC, will support the launch of Archer’s all-electric air taxi service across the UAE, with Abu Dhabi being the launch partner by 2026.

Al Suwaidi, director general of the General Civil Aviation Authority, said: “The GCAA recently visited Archer Aviation’s global headquarters in California to inspect its Midnight aircraft and learn about their certification progress with the Federal Aviation Administration. Our goal is to approve Archer’s air taxi to fly in the UAE as soon as it is certified by the FAA, and we are very excited to collaborate with them to bring electric air taxis to the country.”

Badr Al-Olama, acting director general of the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, said: “We are thrilled to work with Archer to host their first international operations in Abu Dhabi. Bringing electric aviation to the UAE will help unlock congestion with zero emissions and, in turn, bring millions in foreign direct investment and thousands of jobs to the region over the next decade.”

Archer Aviation’s Founder and CEO, Adam Goldstein, said: “We are excited to announce this joint collaboration for the United Arab Emirates to become our first international market outside of the United States. Archer plans to partner closely with ADIO and the Department of Economic Development to bring manufacturing and operations for our air taxis to the region. Together, we are positioned to be a driving force in making all-electric air taxis a reality in the skies of the UAE and beyond in the coming years.”