Archer, United announce air taxi link between Chicago and O’Hare
California electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) developer Archer Aviation has extended its partnership with longtime investor United Airlines in a deal that will launch air taxi services between downtown Chicago and O’Hare International airport – the second route in a planned US network.
The news follows the announcement last November of Archer starting air taxi flights for United passengers between the airline’s Newwark, NJ hub and downtown Manhattan. As with its planned Chicago services, those New York shuttles are scheduled to begin sometime in 2025, the same year the eVTOL plane maker plans to commence broader aerial operations.
Archer’s Chicago air taxi link will connect United’s O’Hare hub with the vertiport in the Illinois Medical District, near the Loop. That route promises to cut the trip between the two spots down to around 10 minutes, compared to the hour-plus slog it can often take in heavy traffic.