Lilium, the designer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet has commenced the assembly of the fuselage for its Lilium Jet.
This is the first of seven fuselages for the seven test aircraft which Lilium will use to achieve type-certification of the Lilium Jet.
This moves the project forwards towards the first manned flight of the aircraft, scheduled for late 2024.
Vision to Reality
The initiation of fuselage assembly marks a crucial step forward for Lilium, reaffirming their commitment to turning their vision into reality.
It’s a tangible demonstration of Lilium’s strategic roadmap, showcasing their ability to progress from visionary concepts to execution.
Notably, this event signifies the beginning of the assembly process for the first of seven fuselages, all of which Lilium intends to use to obtain type-certification for the Lilium Jet.
Yves Yemsi, the COO of Lilium, spoke on the accomplishment, stating, “We’re delighted to kick off assembly of the first Lilium Jet fuselage at Aciturri, bringing us one step closer to reshaping sustainable regional air mobility.”
He emphasized the value of collaboration with established aerospace suppliers, highlighting it as the optimal strategy for achieving certification and the eventual entry into service of the Lilium Jet.
Collaboration with Aciturri
The development and assembly of the fuselage for the eVTOL jet is a testament to the strategic partnership between Lilium and Aciturri, a tier one aerospace supplier with a long-standing reputation for excellence in design and manufacturing of high-quality aerostructures.
Aciturri’s involvement in the project signifies a shared commitment to driving the transformation of sustainable regional air mobility.
Maria Eugenia Clemente, CEO of Aciturri Aerostructures, spoke of their alignment with Lilium’s vision, saying, “Aciturri is committed to playing a leading role in the transformation of sustainable regional air mobility, which supports Europe’s goal of achieving climate neutrality.”
This partnership is further solidified by Aciturri’s investment in Lilium, establishing them as a key player in the journey towards making electric aviation a reality.
A family company founded in 1977, Aciturri is one of the main references worldwide in the development and manufacture of aeronautical components.
The company is focused on two different lines of business; design, manufacture, and assembly of aerostructures (wing assemblies, fuselage, empennage, etc); and the manufacture of engine components: primary structures, casings, rings and high precision machining.
As the fuselage assembly progresses, Lilium is not just focusing on the technical aspects. They are also dedicated to creating a transformative flying experience, one that upholds their promise of unparalleled efficiency, comfort, and safety.
This dedication to passenger satisfaction is a testament to their holistic approach to aviation innovation.
Klaus Roewe, CEO of Lilium, emphasized the significance of this phase, stating, “This phase is more than just a technical step – it’s a clear signal to all Lilium stakeholders of our commitment to making regional air mobility more efficient, enjoyable, and sustainable.”
Using the Lilium Jet, an eVTOL electric vertical take-off and landing jet, offering leading capacity, low noise, and high performance with zero operating emissions, Lilium is accelerating the decarbonization of air travel.
Working with aerospace, technology, and infrastructure leaders, and with announced sales and indications of interest in Europe, the United States, China, Brazil, UK, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lilium’s 800+ strong team includes approximately 450 aerospace engineers.
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