Abu Dhabi has stepped up its efforts to be an early adopter of advanced air mobility (AAM) through a partnership announced this week with eVTOL aircraft developer Archer Aviation. Under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on October 16, the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) committed to making a substantial, but as-yet-undisclosed, investment in what would be Archer’s first international operation, through various incentives and capital expenditures over the next few years.
According to Archer, its four-passenger Midnight eVTOL air taxi services could start in Abu Dhabi in 2026, which is when the U.S. company intends to be ready to start deliveries after completing FAA type certification by the end of 2025. Archer also aims to launch services in neighboring Dubai as part of wider ambitions for the UAE.
Archer’s plans to develop a presence in the Gulf region could also…
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