“In identifying our first city partnership, it was critical to have a shared vision when it comes to how people will move around more seamlessly and with less impact on the environment around them,” added Brett Adcock, co-Founder and co-CEO of Archer.
He added, “Working with Urban Movement Labs will be invaluable as we collectively advance our programs ahead of our first customer flights in 2024.”
“Archer’s commitment to launch their first eVTOL aircraft in one of United’s hubs means our customers are another step closer to reducing their carbon footprint at every stage of their journey, before they even take their seat,” said Michael Leskinen, Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations at United Airlines. “We’re confident that Los Angeles is only the beginning for Archer and we look forward to helping them extend their reach across all of our Hubs.”
Urban Movement Labs and the City of Los Angeles plan to collaborate to develop the design and access of “vertiports,” a new piece of L.A.’s transportation network where people can go to fly on an urban air mobility aircraft.
“Our vision is to improve mobility, reduce congestion, create employment, and promote healthier communities through public and private sector collaboration,” said Lilly Shoup, Executive Director of Urban Movement Labs. “Working with companies like Archer which are at the forefront of technological innovation in the emerging UAM space delivers a unique opportunity to take the perspective of our programs beyond just the two dimensions of roads and railways, and into the skies.”