Eve Urban Air Mobility has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kenya Airways – through its fully owned subsidiary Fahari Aviation – to support the wide accessibility of urban air mobility across the country.

This collaboration aims to develop operational models to support Fahari Aviation’s key markets. The company aims to lead the application of Emerging Aviation technology in the region and on the continent.

Its initial focus will be the application of drone technology in training, operations, and traffic management with a view to growing into maintenance distribution and design, and production of drones.

In addition, this partnership will establish the co-creation of a foundation of concepts and procedures to safely scale electrical vertical takeoff and landing eVTOL aircraft.

Andre Stein, President & CEO of Eve, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Kenya Airways to provide new forms of air mobility throughout the region for both people and goods. The creation of disruptive and widely accessible Urban Air Mobility solutions will help democratise 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.”

This partnership will also allow Fahari Aviation to support Eve’s aircraft and product development process which will help guide the integration of UAM with Kenya Airways’ overall operations.

It will deliver a robust strategy to provide Fahari Aviation’s passengers with a sustainable, accessible, and affordable transportation option. It is estimated that using urban air mobility from the airport to downtown, eVTOL aircraft can reduce conventional road trips by up to 90 per cent; turning a 90-minute ride into a six-minute flight.

Eve will support Fahari Aviation, the Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) division of Kenya Airways that promotes safe and secure UAS usage in the region, in establishing its UAM network and collaborate on the required Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) procedures and UAM operating environment.

Allan Kilavuka, Group Managing Director and CEO of Kenya Airways, said: “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.”