Short-haul aviation flights are dire in terms of both cost and environmental impact. United Airlines is looking for an alternative: small, low-passenger flights powered by next-generation electric planes that can take off and land like helicopters. A huge order for new aircraft from a start-up company will test the idea.
American airline megacorp has placed an astonishing $ 1
United hopes to use the Archer planes for an eco-friendly California shuttle within three years. According to the company’s promotional material, the Archer electric propeller plane can carry four passengers “up to 60 miles” at a speed of 240 miles per hour. So this shuttle wouldn’t be able to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco, but it could get you from one side of LA to the other in the space of one Futurama delivery. And since it can take off and land like a helicopter, you don’t need a commercial airport with a half-mile runway at either end of the trip.
United has said nothing about its plans for the price of these low-haul, low-passenger routes. Suppose it is more than you can afford if you don’t already have your own plane.
Source: Business Insider