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I might give United a hard time around its awful catering, but all will be forgiven if they can get me to the airport in 10 minutes. United has announced plans to launch a new air taxi service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) from the Loop (not too far from where I live). The airline will partner with Archer Aviation, a leading eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft manufacturer, to introduce a fleet of electric air taxis.
This new air taxi service will offer a more convenient and sustainable transportation option for passengers traveling to and from the airport. The aircraft are expected to have a range of up to 60 miles and a cruising speed of 150 mph, allowing for quick and efficient transport.
United aims to launch the air taxi service in 2024, pending regulatory approval. In my opinion, this seems rather ambitious considering that is next year and a test flight has yet to happen. The airline has already committed to purchasing up to 200 of Archer’s electric aircraft, which will be developed and manufactured with a focus on safety, sustainability, and performance.
The partnership with Archer Aviation is just one of United’s initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint and promote sustainable travel. The airline has set a goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and is investing in technologies and sustainable fuels to help achieve this target.
Overall, the introduction of United’s air taxi service to O’Hare represents an exciting step forward in the future of air travel.
Anthony’s Take: As the aviation industry continues to evolve, it’s exciting to see innovative new transportation options being developed that prioritize sustainability and convenience for passengers. I would love to never sit in traffic again since it has taken me up to two hours to go from ORD to the West Loop in the past on particularly bad traffic days.
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