Most of us have at least once in our lives risked missing a flight due to traffic on the way to the airport. And this is because traffic on the roads, especially in crowded cities, can become unbearable and unpredictable many times.
The solution to this problem is expected to be brought by United Airlines in a few years, already taking steps towards the vanguard regarding these routes to the airport. So the Chicago-based airline is investing several millions targeting the future of electric air taxis, believing that this could help reduce carbon emissions as these aircraft replace car travel.
Specifically, the company invested $15 million in a startup manufacturer, signing an agreement to buy 200 of these small aircrafts with options for 200 more, and expects to receive the first taxi aircraft in 2026 from Eve Air Mobility in 2026. This is a "conditional" agreement as it is an aircraft that has not been certified by regulatory authorities.
But what are air taxis? These are electric vertical take-off and landing aircrafts, similar to helicopters, ideal for particularly short journeys such as transfers to the airport. The cost of a ride to the airport is expected to be around $100 to $150 per person, and each taxi will seat four passengers. It may sound so futuristic and difficult to implement as a change in people's daily lives, but as science and technology develop, our lives are expected to become easier and more modern.
Initially, air taxis will be deployed in cities with significant traffic congestion, such as Chicago and New York. In the end, all we have to do is be open to new things and wait until we see in a few years the air taxis in our lives and how drastic a change they will bring to small daily transportation.