Archer Aviation, an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle startup, and InterGlobe Enterprises, an Indian travel and hospitality conglomerate, have announced a partnership to launch an all-electric air taxi service in India in 2026. This would make India the second international market outside the U.S. to experience Archer’s ambitious air taxi operations, after the United Arab Emirates.
The service, which is subject to regulatory approvals and clearances, is expected to be “cost-competitive with ground transportation” and will improve urban mobility in the world’s most populous country with low-noise electric air taxis. The partnership plans to finance the purchase of up to 200 Archer’s “Midnight” aircraft, which have a capacity of four passengers and a pilot and can fly for up to 100 miles.
Starting with routes in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru, the electric air-taxi service aims to complete about a 17-mile trip in the national capital in 7 minutes — a journey that typically takes 60 to 90 minutes by car.
In addition to urban air taxi service, Archer and InterGlobe also plan to explore different use cases for the aircraft, including cargo, logistics, medical and emergency services, as well as private company and charter services.
The partnership is a significant development for both companies. Archer is looking to expand its international reach, while InterGlobe is looking to expand its presence in affordable transportation. It is also a positive development for India, as it could help to address the country’s growing transportation challenges and pollution problems.
The Archer-InterGlobe partnership has a number of potential implications for the urban air mobility industry and for India.
For the urban air mobility industry
- The partnership validates the growing interest in eVTOL aircraft and air taxi services.
- It demonstrates that eVTOL aircraft have the potential to be cost-competitive with traditional ground transportation options.
- It could help to accelerate the development of the urban air mobility industry in India and other emerging markets.
- The partnership could help to address India’s growing transportation challenges and pollution problems.
- It could create new jobs and economic opportunities.
- It could position India as a leader in the development and adoption of urban air mobility technology.
The Archer-InterGlobe partnership is a significant development for both companies and for India. It is a sign of the growing interest in eVTOL aircraft and air taxi services, and it could help to accelerate the development of the urban air mobility industry in India and other emerging markets. The partnership also has the potential to help India address its growing transportation challenges and pollution problems.