CHICAGO (CBS) – Air taxis could one day be an option to get you to and from the airport to the suburbs in just a few minutes.
We first reported last week about a company hoping to go on air in 2026 is testing their capabilities in Chicago. On Wednesday, CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar got a first-hand look at the operation.
De Mar joins Andre Stein, chief executive officer of Eve Air Mobility, on a helicopter ride from Tinley Park to the city. It is a simulation of what Stein hopes will one day be 240 air taxis along 150 high-flying routes throughout the Chicagoland area.
‘We don’t intend to solve all the traffic problems. It’s not,” says Stein, “The idea is to offer another option for urban air mobility. “
Short trips for a short period of time for about $100 – that’s the appeal of eVTOL, or electric vertical take-off and landing. Stein outlined what could be some of the uses.
“You have two meetings in different parts of town; you have to catch a flight and you don’t want to be late for the flight,” he said. “It’s not every day. It’s complementary.”
Since eVTOL is not federally approved to fly, the company will use the helicopter until the end of the month to recreate the experience and collect data. A big question is how electric taxis will survive with planes and drones.
“The idea of flying over the city – it’s not really new. I grew up with ‘The Jetsons’,” says Stein. “Anyone stuck in traffic thinks about flying over it.”
What’s new and daunting for travel as we know it is how planes take off like helicopters but fly like planes – and drastically cut their commute to work. Stein and De Mar reached the city from Tinley Park in just over 15 minutes.
Anyone can book a helicopter ride with Eve for $150. If you want, Follow the instructions at this link.