Archer Aviation Inc. has announced it has received its Part 135 Air Carrier & Operator Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The certificate enables Archer to begin operating aircraft on a commercial basis, allowing the company to further refine its systems and procedures before launching it’s aircraft, Midnight, into service for major airlines when it receives Type Certification.

Archer will leverage its mobile booking application, vertiport technology integrations, and proprietary operations software platform all currently under development to deliver experiences to passengers


In order to obtain the certificate, Archer Air has demonstrated adherence to five stages of strictly enforced policies and procedures put forth by the FAA to begin operating aircraft commercially.

Adam Goldstein, Founder and CEO of Archer, said:

We are honored to receive the Part 135 Air Carrier & Operator Certificate from the FAA, which is another important stepping stone on the way to commencing commercial air taxi operations with our Midnight aircraft.

This milestone reflects our team's unwavering dedication to safety and operational excellence as we stand up one of the world’s first electric air taxi services for communities across the U.S. with a safe, sustainable and low noise transportation solution.

The certificate has made Archer one of only two air taxi manufacturers in the world to have received the Part 135 certificate from the FAA.

Archer has also previously received a Part 145 certificate from the FAA, which allows the company to perform bespoke aircraft repair services, as well as the final airworthiness criteria for the Midnight aircraft.

Mike Leskinen, United’s Chief Financial Officer, said:

The pace of progress and innovation that Archer has achieved over the last few years is nothing short of impressive and today marks another key milestone in their journey to bring safe, sustainable, and low noise air taxi services to market.

United Airlines extends our congratulations to Archer’s team on receiving their Part 135 Air Carrier & Operator Certificate. Together, we look forward to shaping the future of air transportation and delivering unparalleled flying experiences to United passengers.



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