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Archer makes Signature infrastructure deal
Archer will establish a network of landing sites to enable the scaling of its Midnight air taxi service, starting in key United Airlines hubs at Newark International airport in New Jersey and Chicago O'Hare airport in Illinois.
Archer gains access to take off and landing sites in major metropolitan areas across the US and globally, including New York, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Texas.

Archer Aviation is to electrify Signature Aviation's network of over 200 airport terminals, giving the OEM access to take off and landing sites in major metropolitan areas across the US and globally. An MOU identifies day-one opportunities for launching Archer's air taxi service in key United Airlines hubs at Newark International airport in New Jersey and Chicago O'Hare airport in Illinois.

The two companies plan to leverage their existing partnerships with Beta Technologies to install Beta's interoperable rapid recharging systems across the terminals. These systems utilise the Combined Charging System (CCS), which can charge electric aircraft, cars, airplane tugs, buses and other forms of transportation commonly used at airports. Recently endorsed by the GAMA, the interoperable rapid recharging system has been installed at over 20 airports across the country, with 50 new sites in development, and is currently used by the industry's leading OEMs.

"We are thrilled to join forces with Signature Aviation to advance the infrastructure needed to support the future of urban air mobility. 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," says Bryan Bernhard, Archer's chief growth and infrastructure officer. "This partnership will help us establish a robust network of landing sites across the country to enable the scaling of our air taxi service, ensuring our Midnight aircraft can seamlessly integrate into urban environments and provide a reliable transportation solution for our passengers."

"We're committed to shaping the future of aviation through sustainability and are thrilled to work alongside Archer as we expand our infrastructure to support the electrification of the industry," adds Derek DeCross, chief commercial officer at Signature Aviation. "This collaboration unlocks new possibilities in the design and introduction of innovative sustainable aviation solutions while also bringing our guests greater access to the future of urban air mobility via Archer's Midnight aircraft."

The two companies plan to electrify initial launch locations as early as 2025, with further expansion planned across Signature Aviation's global network as Archer's aircraft availability increases.

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