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Air Taxi Startups Ready for Takeoff as Backing Soars to Record: FT

Adam Goldstein, right, and Brett Adcock, co-founders and co-CEOs of flying taxi company Archer Aviation, are seen as they prepare for the unveiling of their electric aircraft from a facility in Hawthorne, California on June 8, 2021. Photo: Reuters.


(AF) More than $4.3 billion has been invested in air taxi startups this year – a record – through venture funding and SPACs, according to the Financial Times.

The influx of capital has helped lift backing of all future-mobility proposals, including drones, by 83% to more than $10.4 billion, the report stated, citing a study by researcher McKinsey. Among air taxi startups, Lilium, Archer Aviation and Vertical Aerospace are preparing to go public this year, it added. Full report: Financial Times.  


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