NAIROBI, Kenya, June 22 – Kenya Airways has reached a deal that will see it purchase 40 electric flying taxis technically known as electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as it seeks to establish itself as the a leader in urban air mobility.
Under its subsidiary, Fahari Innovation, the national carrier has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with two Brazilian companies, UAM, LLC, a subsidiary of Eve Holding, Inc. (“Eve”) and a carve-out of Embraer SA (“Embraer”) which are among the main players in urban air mobility.
The eVTOL aircraft uses technology that allows it to hover, take off and land vertically.
Under the agreement, the three will be involved in joint studies through a task force to develop and scale the urban air mobility (UAM) market and a business model for cargo drone operations in the Kenya.
The project is expected to begin deliveries in 2026.
Allan Kilavuka, group managing director and chief executive of Kenya Airways, said the use of flying cars will position the airline as a regional leader in urban air mobility, which is the future of transport.
“The journey to realize the dream of eVTOL vehicles in Kenya is underway 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 the Africa.” he said.
Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve, said the partnership will reinforce both companies’ commitment to building the foundations that will sustainably support Kenya’s urban air mobility ecosystem.
“This is a new chapter in the partnership between Eve and Fahari Aviation. Last year, we announced a collaboration to develop operating models for Fahari Aviation’s key markets, and today’s announcement confirms that it is evolving successfully,” said