Archer Aviation, an eVTOL aircraft developer based in California, has entered into an agreement with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), to make Abu Dhabi its first international launch partner, with plans to commence air taxi operations in the emirate in 2026.
As part of this strategic initiative, ADIO plans to support Archer with incentives for establishing its first international headquarters and manufacturing facilities in the Smart and Autonomous Vehicle Industry (SAVI) Cluster in Abu Dhabi.
ADIO and Archer held a signing ceremony, along with several other aviation industry participants from across the region, including Falcon Aviation and GAL-AMMROC, committed to supporting this strategic initiative.
Archer is still in discussions with numerous other industry participants that it plans to announce MoUs when the company is in the region to showcase its Midnight aircraft at the Dubai Air Show in November, as well as the Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF) hosted by ICAO and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) the following week in Dubai.
“We are thrilled to work with Archer to host their first international operations in Abu Dhabi. Bringing electric aviation to the UAE will help unlock congestion with zero emissions and, in turn, bring millions in foreign direct investment and thousands of jobs to the region over the next decade.”
Archer is seeking to work with its global manufacturing partner Stellantis and local partners in the UAE to build out its aircraft manufacturing capabilities and its Center of Excellence in Abu Dhabi. Archer’s Center of Excellence will focus on developing and implementing next-generation aviation technologies.
Mr. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the General Civil Aviation Authority, said that “The GCAA recently visited Archer Aviation’s global headquarters in California to inspect its Midnight aircraft and learn about their certification progress with the Federal Aviation Administration. Our goal is to approve Archer’s air taxi to fly in the UAE as soon as it is certified by the FAA, and we are very excited to collaborate with them to bring electric air taxis to the country.”
Archer has raised over $1.1 billion of funding to date, including investments from Mubadala Capital, United Airlines, Stellantis, and Boeing.
Archer Aviation’s Founder and CEO, Mr. Adam Goldstein, stated that “We are excited to announce this collaboration for the UAE to become our first international market outside of the United States. Archer plans to partner closely with ADIO and the Department of Economic Development to bring manufacturing and operations for our air taxis to the region. Together, we are positioned to be a driving force in making all-electric air taxis a reality in the skies of the UAE and beyond in the coming years.”
Archer is working with numerous industry partners across the UAE to support its plans to commercialize operations in the UAE by 2025. Archer signed MoUs with Falcon Aviation, who will operate its air taxis across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as well as GAL-AMMROC who will provide MRO support for Archer’s eVTOL aircraft.
Archer’s goal is to transform urban travel, replacing 60–90-minute commutes by car with estimated 10-20 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.