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Archer hires Uber Elevate co-founder
Since day one, Archer has laid out an aggressive goal to be the first to bring an eVTOL aircraft to the UAM market. Adding Nikhil Goel to the senior leadership team significantly bolsters efforts to achieve that.
Archer chief commercial officer Nikhil Goel.

Nikhil Goel has joined Archer Aviation as chief commercial officer. He will lead the execution of Archer's global commercialisation efforts as the company prepares to bring its Midnight eVTOL aircraft to market in 2025 in the US, in partnership with United Airlines. Goel brings deep industry expertise to Archer after co-founding Uber Elevate, Uber's air taxi division, and jointly authoring the Uber Elevate white paper that is widely credited with establishing the vision for the commercial eVTOL aircraft industry.

As CCO, Goel will be responsible for spearheading Archer's commercialisation strategy with a focus on bringing New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco online as Archer's initial domestic markets and capturing international demand by stewarding partnership opportunities across several key markets, including the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Goel's addition is timely as Archer is continuing to rapidly advance its commercialisation efforts after receiving a $10 million pre-delivery payment from United Airlines for 100 eVTOL aircraft that it anticipates deploying into the multiple point-to-point routes it has announced alongside United in the US.

After starting at Uber as a product leader on the emerging markets and rider experience teams, Goel co-founded Uber Elevate. Working alongside NASA and Uber executives, Goel helped spearhead the vision for Uber Elevate, which has in turn inspired the approach to commercialising the industry. In 2020, Goel helped spin off the Uber Elevate business in a strategic sale to Joby Aviation. Goel has been a senior advisor to Archer since 2020 and prior to Uber held roles at McKinsey & Company, Google, Microsoft and NASA. He attended Vanderbilt University and earned his BSc in engineering with a double major in computer engineering and economics.

“Having recently travelled around the world to the largest international markets and seen first hand how strong the demand for our aircraft is outside the US, it's clear that now is the right time to make this strategic hire and bring Nikhil on to capitalise on the sizeable market opportunity for domestic and global expansion,” says CEO Adam Goldstein. “Since day one, we've laid out an aggressive goal to be the first to bring an eVTOL aircraft to the UAM market, and adding Nikhil to our senior leadership team significantly bolsters our efforts to reach that goal.”

“My career has been focused on transforming the way people move in and around cities and enabling the future of on-demand, urban air transportation,” says Goel. “I've been working with Adam and the team for several years, and I believe Archer is the most well-positioned eVTOL aircraft OEM to make this vision a reality with the industry's leading team and product. It's an honour to join the company as chief commercial officer and lead our path to market.”

Component manufacturing is underway for Archer's conforming Midnight aircraft, as the company is targeting final assembly in the fourth quarter of 2023 and to begin piloted flight test operations in early 2024.

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