Kenya Airways’ Fahari Aviation has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Eve for an order of up to 40 eVTOL vehicles with deliveries expected to start in 2026.
The agreement also includes joint studies through a working group to develop and scale the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market and a business model for cargo drone operations in Kenya.
Eve’s eVTOL lift & cruise vehicle is electric-powered and is believed to be 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 a wing-borne flight, providing a low-noise experience and making it easier to move within cities while avoiding traffic jams.
Allan Kilavuka, Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer at Kenya Airways, said: “Urban air mobility is the future of transport and we are honored to be the champions of this in the region. The journey to realize 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.”
Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve, added: “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 today’s announcement confirms that it is evolving successfully.”
Fahari Aviation’s focus on innovative and sustainable solutions to address traffic jams, sightseeing, parcel delivery, agriculture and wildlife protection, alongside Eve’s zero-emission, low-noise eVTOL, and its global experience, is expected to benefit the development of air mobility in Kenya.