InterGlobe Enterprises, the parent company of IndiGo, has set the stage for a groundbreaking development in the aviation sector by announcing plans to introduce an all-electric air taxi service in India by 2026. The initiative is propelled by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Archer Aviation, a US-based company specializing in electric aircraft and air taxis.
The proposed InterGlobe-Archer flight aims to ferry passengers from Connaught Place in Delhi to Gurugram in Haryana within approximately 7 minutes. This swift aerial commute would drastically cut down travel time compared to the 60-90 minutes required for the 27-kilometer journey by road.
The collaboration goes beyond air taxi services, with plans to extend the partnership into various operations. According to the companies, they envision diverse applications for electric aircraft in India, encompassing cargo transport, logistics, medical and emergency services, as well as private company and charter services.
Archer Aviation expressed pride in the landmark deal with InterGlobe Enterprises, emphasizing their plans to revolutionize urban air travel in India’s largest and most congested cities. The electric air taxis, represented by Archer’s Midnight aircraft, offer a piloted four-passenger electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) solution, designed for efficient consecutive flights with minimal charging time.
The collaboration also outlines an ambitious goal of acquiring up to 200 Archer Midnight aircraft for deployment in India. The strategic move aligns with global efforts to embrace sustainable aviation solutions and signals a significant leap toward the future of electric air travel in the country.