Archer Plans Network of Bay Area Vertiports for its Air Taxis

A "sea portal" providing electric ferry service and eVTOL operations could open by next year.

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Archer, an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft company, today announced plans for an air mobility network that will connect five strategic locations across the San Francisco Bay Area - South San Francisco, Napa, San Jose, Oakland, and Livermore.

Archer’s network is anticipated to provide connectivity to communities around the region, allowing people to replace one-to-two-hour drives to cities around the bay with flights that take around10-20 minutes.

To anchor the network, Kilroy Realty recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Archer identifying Kilroy Oyster Point – a 50-acre waterfront campus in South San Francisco – as a critical hub in Archer’s planned San Francisco Bay Area UAM network.

The MOU focuses on exploring opportunities to construct a vertiport at the Kilroy Oyster Point development, which will give Archer access to a takeoff and landing site in South San Francisco that will connect with planned Archer vertiport locations at Napa, San Jose, Oakland, and Livermore, where Archer has existing relationships with infrastructure and operations partners. 

The MOU supports the development of an Archer “Sea Portal'' - a waterfront mobility hub providing electric ferry service and eVTOL operations for all companies at Kilroy Oyster Point. The Sea Portal will be powered by renewable energy, offering unique air and sea-based transportation options to employees at the campus while furthering Kilroy and Archer’s groundbreaking innovations in sustainability.

An initial launch location at Kilroy Oyster Point could open as early as the end of 2025 and the two companies are exploring potential expansion into other locations within Kilroy’s portfolio.

Archer’s goal is to transform urban travel, replacing 60–90-minute commutes by car with estimated 10–20-minute electric air taxi flights that are safe, sustainable, low noise, and cost-competitive with ground transportation. Archer’s Midnight is a piloted, four-passenger aircraft designed to perform rapid back-to-back flights with minimal charge time between flights.

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