eVTOL network planned for China’s Greater Bay area

A Lilium eVTOL jet over the Greater Bay area.
Image Credit: Lilium

Lilium, the pioneer in all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jets, has joined forces with CITIC Offshore Helicopter Co., Ltd (COHC), China’s exclusive helicopter port pilotage provider.

A recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the two companies sets the stage for the establishment of an eVTOL operation network in China, with a primary focus on the dynamic Greater Bay Area.

Developing Regional Air Mobility

Lilium and COHC’s collaboration is rooted in a shared vision of transforming regional air mobility in the People’s Republic of China.

The MoU signifies a commitment to leverage Lilium’s cutting-edge eVTOL technology and COHC’s extensive experience in aviation services.

Together, they plan to introduce innovative electric vertical takeoff and landing services tailored to meet market demand, starting with the Greater Bay Area and expanding across key regions like the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Hainan Island, and Tianjin in the near future.

The synergy between COHC’s aviation service expertise and Lilium’s revolutionary eVTOL technology is set to redefine air travel in China.


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By combining the operational know-how of COHC with Lilium’s commitment to sustainability and premium travel experiences, this partnership aims to create a seamless and efficient aerial transportation system.

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Steps Towards Implementation

The collaboration outlines a comprehensive roadmap for the launch of eVTOL services in the Greater Bay Area.

Key steps include strategically selecting production bases, conducting test flights, implementing after-sales service protocols, and identifying potential sites and partners for vertiports.

The meticulous planning reflects the shared dedication of COHC and Lilium to ensure a successful and impactful introduction of this groundbreaking service.

Lilium’s recent partnerships with other key players in the China region, such as Heli-Eastern and the Bao’an District of Shenzhen municipality, underscore the company’s commitment to establishing a robust presence in the rapidly growing eVTOL market.

These collaborations position Lilium as a key player in shaping the future of air mobility in China.

Meeting the Growing Demand

As the eVTOL market in China is projected to account for nearly 25 percent of the global market, Lilium’s collaboration with COHC reaffirms their dedication to meeting the escalating demand for premium regional mobility solutions.

The visionary partnership aims not only to provide fast and sustainable travel but also to deliver exceptional flight experiences for customers.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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