Pictured: United Airlines, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Photo by Bill Abbott, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)
CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines said Wednesday it could be using small electric-powered air taxis to take customers to the airport within a few years.
United said it will buy up to 200 small aircraft capable of helicopter-style takeoffs and landings from startup Archer, which hopes to deliver its first aircraft in 2024.
The aircraft are designed to fly up to 60 miles at speeds of up to 150 mph, meaning they could zip customers from downtown areas to airports in New York, Chicago and elsewhere.
Separately, Archer is announcing plans to merge with Atlas Crest Investment in a deal they value at $3.8 billion.