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 Archer Aviation and Falcon Aviation to Build Vertiport to Connect Dubai and Abu Dhabi


Archer Aviation and Falcon Aviation to Build Vertiport to Connect Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Archer Aviation Inc., a leader in electric flying cars, said that it has selected the UAE-based aviation services operator Falcon Aviation, as their vertiport infrastructure partner connecting Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

This collaboration marks a significant step towards launching Archer’s Midnight flying car with Falcon Aviation in the UAE and across the MENA region as soon as 2025.

Under this partnership, Archer and Falcon Aviation will start by developing state-of-the-art vertiport infrastructure at Falcon Heliport at Atlantis, the Palm in Dubai and the Marina Mall heliport in Abu Dhabi’s Corniche.

Driving between the two cities during peak traffic can take more than two hours. Archer and Falcon Aviation plan to offer passenger service in Archer’s Midnight flying car between these two Falcon vertiports, which will operate almost entirely over water with scenic views of both cities and clock in at as little as 30 minutes from take-off to landing.

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High Ambitions

Archer believes it is the first aviation company to announce a flying car service between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, one of the world’s most prominent and congested commute corridors.

Archer founder and CEO Adam Goldstein said that partnering with established operators such as Falcon Aviation, as well as the capital of the Emirates with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, has been key to quickly building our presence in the region.

“We look forward to paving the way for the introduction of our Midnight aircraft to the region which will set the stage for the UAE to become a global leader in urban air mobility,” Goldstein added.

Falcon Aviation CEO Captain Ramandeep Oberoi said that for nearly two decades, Falcon Aviation has been at the forefront of helicopter passenger transport in the UAE. Our partnership with Archer is a leap into the future, as we prepare to offer flying car services together in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, continuing our tradition of world-class transportation solutions, he said.

On March 8, Falcon Aviation also announced the inauguration of its state-of-the-art Renovated Heliport Terminal, extending its presence at Atlantis, the Palm. The companies unveiled a vision of what the future vertiport and service will look like at what will transform into a key hub for Midnight flights, helping bring urban air mobility to the region.

The latest announcement reinforces the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed last year, where Falcon Aviation agreed to operate scores of Archer’s Midnight flying cars. This venture is part of Archer’s strategic expansion, with the UAE set to be its first international launch market as soon as next year.

This follows a significant preliminary deal announced by Archer last year with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office which promised economic incentives to help accelerate Archer’s growth in the region as part of Abu Dhabi’s Smart and Autonomous Vehicle Industry (SAVI) Cluster.

Rapid Strides

Archer Chief Commercial Officer, Nikhil Goel, said that they have made rapid progress in the UAE over the past three months since announcing Abu Dhabi and Dubai will be home to their first international Midnight flights as soon as 2025.

“We are proud to be the first to announce plans to operate between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, along with vertiport infrastructure at both ends of the commuter journey,” Goel added.

Archer’s goal is to transform urban travel, replacing 60–90-minute commutes by car with estimated 10 to 30-minute electric air taxi flights that are safe, sustainable, low noise, and cost-competitive with ground transportation. Archer’s Midnight is a piloted, four-passenger aircraft designed to perform rapid back-to-back flights with minimal charge time between flights.

Global Business Magazine

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