United makes ‘conditional’ order for electric air taxis

This image provided by United-Airlines shows an illustration of an electric powered air taxi. 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. (United-Airlines/via AP)

DALLAS — United Airlines thinks that in a few years, plenty of big-city customers will pay $100 or more for a one-way ride to the airport in a four-seat, electric-powered air taxi.