Embraer’s Eve, Kenya Airways Partner on the Future of Urban Air Mobility

The government plans to pump an estimated Ksh.113 billion ($1 billion) in ailing national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revealed.

Kenya Airways Fleet at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi PHOTO | KHUSOKO

Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions (“Eve”) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kenya Airways PLC, to develop operational models for the wide-accessibility of Urban Air Mobility.

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. 

In addition, it 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 is estimated that using UAM from the airport to downtown, EVA can reduce conventional road trips by up to 90% turning an hour and a half ride into a 6-minute flight.

“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,” said Andre Stein, President & CEO of Eve.

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