Lilium continues to build on its business aviation customer base in Europe with an agreement for charter operator GlobeAir to purchase a dozen of its six-passenger eVTOLs. GlobeAir plans to operate the Lilium Jets for customers in the French Riviera and Italy. The aircraft will provide “first and last mile,” along with point-to-point service in the region.
GlobeAir CEO Bernhard Fragner said Lilium is “changing how we think about aviation and revolutionizing how people travel. Technological breakthroughs, a forward-thinking mindset, and a drive to deliver quality time that fits customer expectations have propelled Lilium to the forefront of next-generation air travel.’’
Lilium is developing an eVTOL that is powered by 30 fully electric engines mounted on the aircraft’s wing and canard. Designed to fly as far as 190 miles and at speeds up to 170 mph, the aircraft has no tail, rudder, or propellers.
While Lilium has notched more than 100 test flights in a technology demonstrator since 2019, plans call for beginning to build a production-conforming model in 2023 with EASA type certification following in 2025.
The GlobeAir announcement follows recent agreements with Helity Copter Airlines, ASL Group, and AAP Aviation to build eVTOL networks in southern Spain, Benelux, and Norway. In addition, Lilium counts helicopter operator Bristow and fractional ownership provider NetJets among its customer base.