Kenya Airways and Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer have signed an agreement to introduce flying taxis in Nairobi.
Just weeks after the national carrier showed more interest in focusing on the unmanned aircraft side of its business, it has now sealed a deal through its subsidiary Fahari Aviation that will cut travel time from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to the city centre to six minutes.
Fahari is the Kenya Airways wing that deals with drones and has already opened an unmanned aerial vehicles school to train interested Kenyans.
The Electric Vertical Aircrafts (EVA) carry a load of 250 kilograms at 400km per hour with a range of 250km. An EVA is completely autonomous as it does not require any human pilot intervention as it flies under the control of automatic systems such as radar, lidar and 12 camera sensors.
“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,”said Andre Stein, the CEO of Embraer’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Solutions Unit.
This partnership is also expected to allow Fahari Aviation to support Eva’s aircraft and product development process which will help guide the integration of UAM with Kenya Airways’ overall operations.
“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,”