We’ve been hearing about flying taxis for a long time, but the dates were so far off, we didn’t really believe it. But that was before Quantum Air announced that the first line of flying taxis could be in service in 2021 in the United States.
Welcome to the future.
2021 is tomorrow! Starting next year, Quantum Air will launch a fleet of 26 flying taxis to transport passengers between different airports in the Los Angeles area.
These flying taxis will therefore allow users to literally fly over traffic jams and thus save precious time. Indeed, in Los Angeles, as in most major international cities, traffic is usually severely disrupted. For many, this is a dream come true. The company is thinking bigger; they are planning hundreds of flying taxis in the long term to expand their range of routes.
Named “Quantum X”, the Quantum Air project is not strictly speaking a fleet of flying taxis, but rather small electric planes that can carry 4 passengers.
It does sound like a sci-fi movie script, and yet it’s very real. These flying taxis have already been ordered and named Bye Aerospace Flyers. In addition to saving time, these flying machines run on electricity and will also reduce transport costs. For the time being, we do not know the price of a “flight” or whether a subscription system will be possible.
And in the rest of the world, it’s when?
At the moment, Quantum Air is only launching in Los Angeles. In addition, flying taxis will need to take off and land on a runway at an airport.
But the company expects to have Bye Aerospace Flyers that can land in other locations, on stations designed especially for them. There’s going to have to be a lot of regulatory and infrastructure work to make the flying taxi service more widely available. It has already been announced that in France, flying taxis will be tested in 2024 for the Paris Olympics. The first tests will take place between Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and the heliport of Issy-les-Moulineaux.