LONDON – EVE And Kenya Airways join forces in developing an Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market in Kenya. EVE sees potential in the East African market in terms of UAM, in the domains of cargo operations.
On the 1st of June 2022, Eve Holding and Fahari Aviation, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways, the national airline of Kenya, signed an LOI (Letter of Intent) for 40 eVTOL electric Vertical & Take-Off machines.
These eVTOLs are expected to be delivered to Kenya in 2026. Fahari Aviation sees an opportunity for the UAM market in one of the most vibrant East African nations for cargo drone operations.
This is a major milestone for Kenya in earmarking a business model for cargo operations using UAM. This also set a new precedent for other African countries to follow suit.
Fahari Aviation will be in good hands as they have the full support of Eve Mobility, a world leader in UAM operations and drafting its business models.
Eve’s flagship product, their eVTOL is all powered by electricity, and it is one of the most practical unmanned aircraft out there in the market.
This will serve the Kenyan population and the economy very well. The introduction of such eVTOLs in Kenya will add very little strain to the already existing infrastructure, as this is a vertical take-off and landing platform.
It is widely known that Nairobi, the country’s capital, is very congested. Eve’s eVTOL could bypass the traffic congestion and ensure cargoes are being delivered on time.
This would be a game-changer in logistics in Kenya. eVTOLs are also very quiet and do not disturb other means of transport.
Allan Kilavuka, Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Airways.“Urban air mobility is the future of transport and we are honoured to be the champions of this in the region.”
“The journey to realise the dream of eVTOL vehicles in Kenya is on the course, and the partnership with Eve is a key achievement for us as part of the strategy to adopt new technologies as a growth strategy for the sustainable development of Africa.”
Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve.“This is a new chapter of the Eve and Fahari Aviation partnership to strengthen both companies’ commitment to establishing the foundations that will sustainably support the ecosystem for urban air mobility in Kenya.”
“Last year, we announced a collaboration to develop operational models for Fahari Aviation’s key markets, and today’s announcement confirms that it is evolving successfully.”
Kenya Airlines subsidiary, Fahari Aviation has always been venturing for ways to innovate the country’s mode of transportation, especially air mobility.
The company believes that EVE mobility is the best solution for the East African nation. Gradually, the cargo business could develop potentially into other domains of services.
This includes agriculture, wildfires services, medevac, sightseeing, law enforcement, defense, and tourism. These domains are crucial in propelling the Kenyan economy to a prosperous era.