Kenya airways will pilot electric vehicles that take off and land vertically, in order to beat traffic from 2025, as part of the airline’s diversification through its new subsidiary Fahari Aviation.
The electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft is a new technology that uses electricity to hover, take off, and land vertically, making it easier to move within cities while avoiding traffic jams.
Kenya Airways CEO Allan Kilavuka said, testing will start in 2025 as part of the strategy to adopt new technologies as a growth strategy.
“We are working on a future, 2025 onwards to see how we can support urban mobility,” Mr Kilavuka said.
Electric airplanes are gaining traction as a viable solution for navigating congested urban areas, attracting major international airlines in the drive for new revenue sources.
Kenya Airways has also partnered with Urban Air Mobility firm, Eve to develop operation models in Kenya through Fahari aviation.
The national carrier launched the Fahari subsidiary, targeting new forms of revenues, through training course for those interested in operating drones, for surveillance and agricultural support.
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