Lufthansa Group enters strategic partnership with Lilium

Render of a Lilium Jet eVTOL aircraft in flight over city.
Image Credit: Lilium

The Lufthansa Group and Lilium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore a strategic partnership on electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft operation in Europe. 

The collaboration will review elements of infrastructure, airspace, maintenance, flight operations and further requirements to jointly shape the future of Advanced Air Mobility in Europe.

Shaping AAM in Europe

This collaboration aims to unlock new frontiers in aviation, spanning ground and flight operations, future aircraft maintenance, crewing, and flight training.

The potential partnership also sets its sights on synergies with third parties, including airports and regional partners, to propel advancements in infrastructure like vertiports, airspace integration, and operational processes.

Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Lufthansa Group’s Executive Board, spearheading Fleet & Technology, emphasizes the Group’s commitment to innovation.

“Innovation is part of our DNA,” he states. The Lufthansa Group envisions global leadership in integrating state-of-the-art products and processes, aspiring to drive industry transformation.”


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“The collaboration with Lilium, as per the Memorandum of Understanding, is poised to play a pivotal role in advancing aviation, fostering sustainability, and overcoming future challenges.

Side view of Lilium eVTOL aircraft
Image Credit: Lilium

Lilium’s Perspective on the Partnership

Klaus Roewe, CEO of Lilium, expresses delight at the collaboration with the Lufthansa Group.

Highlighting the Group’s history of spearheading vital aviation initiatives, especially in environmental sustainability, Roewe is excited about the prospect of bringing eVTOL flights to Lufthansa Group customers.

The partnership signifies a shared commitment to shaping the future of flying, combining Lilium’s innovative approach with the Lufthansa Group’s industry influence.

Lilium Jet Production Takes Flight

In a major step forward, Lilium has recently announced the commencement of Lilium Jet production. According to Lilium’s projections, the European market is expected to witness a demand for approximately 9,200 eVTOL aircraft through 2035.

With a substantial fleet of over 700 commercial aircraft, the Lufthansa Group is steadfast in pursuing a long-term fleet strategy focused on cost-efficiency and reduced emissions.

Recent aircraft acquisitions within the Group boast up to 30 percent lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to their predecessors.

The Group’s overarching goal is to slash net carbon emissions in half by 2030, marching confidently towards carbon neutrality by 2050.

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