Archer Aviation and Falcon Aviation are to jointly develop a vertiport network in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

eVTOL developer Archer has chosen Falcon Aviation, a prominent aviation services operator in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as its vertiport infrastructure partner for critical locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This collaboration marks a significant step towards launching Archer's Midnight flying car with Falcon Aviation in the UAE and across the MENA region as soon as 2025, the companies said. 

Under this partnership, Archer and Falcon Aviation will start by developing state-of-the-art vertiport infrastructure at Falcon Heliport at Atlantis, the Palm in Dubai and the Marina Mall heliport in Abu Dhabi’s Corniche. Driving between the two cities during peak traffic can take more than two hours. Archer and Falcon Aviation plan to offer passenger service in Archer’s Midnight flying car between these two Falcon vertiports, which will operate almost entirely over water and clock in at as little as 30 minutes from take-off to landing. Archer believes it is the first to announce a flying car service on this route between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, one of the world’s most prominent and congested corridors.

“Partnering with established operators such as Falcon Aviation, as well as the capital of the Emirates with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, has been key to quickly building our presence in the region,” said Archer founder and CEO Adam Goldstein. “We look forward to paving the way for the introduction of our Midnight aircraft to the region, setting the stage for the UAE to become a global leader in urban air mobility.” 

Falcon Aviation CEO Captain Ramandeep Oberoi said, “For nearly two decades, Falcon Aviation has been at the forefront of helicopter passenger transport in the UAE. Our partnership with Archer is a leap into the future, as we prepare to offer flying car services together in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, continuing our tradition of world-class transportation solutions.”

Earlier this month Falcon Aviation announced the inauguration of its state-of-the-art renovated Heliport Terminal, extending its presence at Atlantis, the Palm. The companies unveiled a vision of what the future vertiport and service will look like at what will become a key hub for Midnight flights.

This latest announcement reinforces the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed last year, where Falcon Aviation agreed to operate scores of Archer’s Midnight flying cars. This venture is part of Archer's strategic expansion, with the UAE set to be its international launch market.