Eve has an order for up to 40 eVTOLs to fly people and cargo for Fahari Aviation. The agreement involves joint studies to develop and scale the UAM market in Kenya and a business model for cargo drone operations.
Eve Holding signed a letter of intent with Kenya Airways drone specialist subsidiary Fahari Aviation for up to 40 eVTOL vehicles in March 2022. The agreement includes joint studies through a working group to develop and scale the UAM market and a business model for cargo drone operations in Kenya. The project is expected to start deliveries in 2026.
Eve’s eVTOL lift and cruise vehicle is electric-powered and the most practical design for efficiency and certifiability. Its multiple rotors are used to take off and land vertically, and at cruise altitude the rear propellers push the aircraft forward as in wing-borne flight, providing a low noise experience and making it easier to move within cities while avoiding traffic jams.
“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 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,” says Kenya Airways group managing director and chief executive officer Allan Kilavuka.
“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 this announcement confirms that it is evolving successfully,” says Eve co-CEO Andre Stein.
Fahari Aviation has been focusing on innovative and sustainable solutions to address different issues, such as traffic jams, sightseeing, parcel delivery, agriculture and wildlife protection, and Eve’s zero-emission, low-noise and accessible eVTOL, together with its global experience, will benefit the development of air mobility in Kenya.