Sidley is representing United Airlines in another investment in emerging technologies that combat climate change. United has entered into an agreement to work with Archer Aviation, an air mobility company, whose electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft is designed to use electric motors and have the potential for future use as an ‘air taxi’ in urban markets.
Under the terms of the agreement, United will contribute its expertise in airspace management to assist Archer with the development of battery-powered, short-haul aircraft. Once the aircraft are in operation and have met United’s operating and business requirements, United, together with Mesa Airlines, would acquire a fleet of up to 200 of these electric aircraft that would be operated by a partner and are expected to give customers a quick, economical, and low-carbon way to get to United's hub airports and commute in dense urban environments within the next five years.
The Sidley team included Kevin Lewis, Bart Biggers, Jon Daly, Sandi Knox, Atman Shukla, Kayleigh McNelis, and Riley Fedechko.