Archer Announces Part 135 Certification for Commercial Operation of its Midnight eVTOL

Archer will operate its Part 135 certificate via its Archer Air subsidiary.

(Santa Clara, California) Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR) today announced that its subsidiary, Archer Air, an eVTOL company received its Part 135 Air Carrier & Operator Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

ZmAZhJm069VX1d5P_2024-0604-Archer_x_FAA-DSC09564-Edit copy 2 - 11w.jpg

Photo of the Archer team in frot of its Midnight electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) courtesy of Archer Aviation.

The FAA Certification will allow Archer’s aircraft ‘Midnight,’ a pilot-controlled electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) with space for up to four passengers, to operate commercially once it receives an FAA Type Certification.

Per Archer’s press release today, receiving the Part 135 certificate signals that Archer Air “has developed and demonstrated to the FAA its adherence to the necessary policies and procedures to begin operating aircraft commercially in accordance with the stringent safety and operational standards set forth by the FAA.”

Archer joins Joby Aviation as one of the only two eVTOL companies worldwide that have received Part 135 Certification to date, per Archer.

In March of 2023, Archer and United Airlines announced plans to create its first air taxi route utilizing Archer’s Midnight vehicle in Chicago, between O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Vertiport Chicago.

Commenting on the FAA certification, Mike Leskinen, United’s Chief Financial Officer said, “The pace of progress and innovation that Archer has achieved over the last few years is nothing short of impressive and today marks another key milestone in their journey to bring safe, sustainable, and low noise air taxi services to market. United Airlines extends our congratulations to Archer’s team on receiving their part 135 Air Carrier & Operator Certificate. Together, we look forward to shaping the future of air transportation and delivering unparalleled flying experiences to United passengers,” per Archer’s press release.

In the June 5 press release, Archer shared that its goal is to offer a competitive option for commuters who normally travel by car, by providing shorter trips by air taxi that are “safe, sustainable, low noise, and cost-competitive with ground transportation.

In today’s press release, Tom Anderson, Archer’s Air Chief Operating Officer stated, “We would like to thank the FAA for their ongoing collaboration with Archer and congratulate the Archer Air team on achieving this important milestone for the company.”

Newsfeed: Monday, June 24, 2024