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Archer Signs MOU with Signature Aviation to Launch Air Taxi Services & Expand Electric Charging Capabilities by 2025

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Archer and Signature plan to install BETA Technologies’ UL Certified CCS rapid charging systems at various Signature FBOs.

(Santa Clara, California) Electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) developer Archer Aviation (NYSE: ACHR) and Signature Aviation, one of the world’s largest fixed base operator (FBO) networks, today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to launch air taxi services at and equip Signature FBO locations with electric charging capabilities provided by eVTOL and electric charging facility developer BETA Technologies as early as 2025.

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Rendering of a forthcoming United Airlines’ Archer electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft courtesy of Archer Aviation.

Signature’s network of more than 200 airport terminals will provide Archer with access to takeoff and landing sites in major metropolitan locations across the United States and worldwide.

The MOU between Archer and Signature specifically identifies day-one opportunities for launching Archer’s air taxi service in key United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAL) hubs at Newark International (EWR) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) Airports.

According to today’s press release, Archer and Signature are working with BETA Technologies and plan to install BETA’s Interoperable rapid recharging systems across Signatures network.

Per AIN Online, Beta’s Combined Charging System (CCS) is internationally recognized and has been endorsed by both the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (Eurocae). Beta’s CCS is capable of charging aircraft, cars, airplane tugs, buses, and other forms of transportation commonly used at airports.

Beta’s interoperable rapid recharging system has been installed at 20+ sites across the United States with 50 new sites in development, and is currently used by the industry’s leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), per Archer’s press release. The technology is certified by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL), which states that the CCS “drastically simplifies the permitting process for electrical utility hook-up.”
 
In March of 2024, AIN Online reported that Signature Aviation partnered with Beta Technologies to bring the charging stations to its FBOs on the U.S. East Coast. Beta’s technology is also available at several Atlantic Aviation and Avflight FBO locations.

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Map of the forthcoming Archer-Signature air taxi and electric charging locations courtesy of Archer Aviation.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Signature Aviation to advance the infrastructure needed to support the future of urban air mobility,” said Bryan Bernhard, Archer’s Chief Growth & Infrastructure Officer. “By focusing on electrifying key aviation assets in major cities such as New York and Chicago, we are taking essential steps toward making sustainable and efficient air travel a reality.”

Derek DeCross, Chief Commercial Officer at Signature Aviation said: “We’re committed to shaping the future of aviation through sustainability and thrilled to work alongside Archer as we expand our infrastructure to support the electrification of the industry.”