- Joint efforts have already begun in the use cases for the delivery and inspection of drones.
April 28, 2021: Skyports, an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kenya Airways to work on the establishment of permanent unmanned aerial vehicle operations (UAV) in Kenya. The target for the start of the first drone delivery flights is Q3-Q4 2021.
Allan Kilavuka, CEO of Kenya Airways, said: “This partnership with Skyports will support our diversification plans for the application of drone technologies in line with our goal of sustainable development in Africa. This gives us access to available equipment and established operations that are laying the foundation for the Kenyan and regional drone market through our drone and emerging aviation technology subsidiary, Fahari Aviation. “
This collaboration brings together Kenya Airways ‘aviation services expertise and Skyports’ drone delivery logistics service – delivery by Skyports. The aim of the partnership is to work with Kenya’s leading public and private institutions to explore the economic viability and impact of a variety of medical, logistics and inspection use cases over the next three months. Joint efforts have already begun in the use cases for the delivery and inspection of drones.
Duncan Walker, Skyports Chief Executive Officer, said, “Our partnership with Kenya Airways can create significant opportunities for drone delivery and inspection in Kenya. This saves time and money for our customers and contributes to the growth of the country’s technology and aerospace ecosystem. This important partnership underlines the growth potential of the technology-independent operator approach of Skyports as a flexible offer that adapts to different global market requirements. We look forward to working with Kenya Airways and further demonstrating the viability of AAM in different regions. “
Skyports’ Out of Line of Sight (BVLOS) operational experience puts the company in a unique position to support Kenya Airways. Skyports has received regulatory clearances to fly the UK’s first BVLOS deliveries of medical drones for the National Health Service (NHS) currently in operation. Similarly, Skyports operated the UK’s Royal Mail’s first parcel delivery service in Scotland in December 2020.