(11 Aug 2021)
Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions has signed a
Memorandum of Understanding with Kenya Airways through its fully
owned subsidiary, Fahari Aviation.
The collaboration will work to establish a
foundation of concepts and procedures to safely scale electrical
vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, also known in the
market as EVA (Electrical Vertical Aircraft).
Eve will support Fahari Aviation, the Unmanned
aircraft systems (UAS) division of Kenya Airways, in establishing its UAM
network and collaborate on the required Urban Air Traffic
Management (UATM) procedures and Urban Air Mobility (UAM)
The partnership will also allow Fahari Aviation
to support Eve’s fully electric aircraft and product development process which
will help guide the integration of UAM with Kenya Airways’ overall
“Partnerships are vital in mapping out the future
of our airline, something which the global crisis has reinforced.
Innovation is a critical element of our long-term sustainability.
Fahari Aviation is at the forefront of exploring advanced
technologies, with a key focus in aviation, starting with drone
technology. With this partnership, we look to develop innovative
air mobility solutions for our clients in Kenya and throughout the
region,” said Allan Kilavuka, Group Managing Director and CEO of
Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions estimates
that using UAM from the airport to downtown, eVTOL aircraft could reduce
conventional road trips by up to 90% turning an hour and a half
ride into a 6-minute flight.
“We are thrilled to partner with Kenya Airways to
provide new forms of air mobility throughout the region for both
people and goods,” said Andre Stein, President & CEO of Eve. “The
creation of disruptive and widely accessible Urban Air Mobility
solutions will help democratize mobility by making it more
accessible, affordable and giving communities more options. This
partnership will foster long-term mobility strategies throughout
the country and region. With our aircraft and aerospace services
backing and Kenya Airways’ innovative approach to air mobility, we
are enthusiastic about opening this region to more sustainable and
community-friendly air access for all.”
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