In a notice that was issued via its website and seen by Business Insider Africa, the airline explained that deal also makes provision for joint studies aimed at developing and scaling the urban air mobility market in Kenya.
The statement further quoted Kenya Airways’ Group Chief Executive Officer, Allan Kilavuka, as he explained why this underpins a major growth strategy for the airline:
“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 UAM, 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.”
The company will, however, not take delivery of the aircraft until 2026. In the meantime, Fahari Aviation will continue to focus on developing innovative and sustainable solutions for addressing issues such as traffic jams, efficient parcel delivery, agriculture and wildlife protection, etc.
It is expected that by the time the partnership fully takes effect, Fahari Aviation will leverage EVE’s zero-emission and low-noise eVTOL technology as well as its global experience, towards the development of Kenya’s nascent urban air mobility sector.
Do note that eVTOL is the latest technology in air travel which entails the use of electricity to power the hover, take off, and vertical landing of aircraft without the need for runways. It was designed to aid easier movement within cities, whilst avoiding traffic jams.