(AP) – United Airlines sees a market in whisking travelers to the airport in small, electric-powered air taxis.
United said Thursday that it has invested $15 million in a startup manufacturer. It also signed what it calls a “conditional” agreement to buy 200 air taxis with options for 200 more.
Chicago-based United said it expects to get the first aircraft as soon as 2026.
The airline said it thinks passengers will pay $100 to $150 each way to buzz to and from airports in traffic-clogged cities like New York and San Francisco. But it’s hard to judge United’s commitment to the deal, since it won’t describe condition of the aircraft order.