Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM), developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, has officially begun production of the Lilium Jet, following the arrival of the first fuselage at its final assembly line.
This marks a significant shift from the design phase to the industrialization of this innovative aircraft, setting the stage for a new era in sustainable regional aviation.
A Landmark Achievement
The commencement of production comes hot on the heels of the arrival of the first Lilium Jet fuselage at Lilium’s state-of-the-art assembly line in Wessling, Germany.
This watershed moment signals a crucial turning point not only for Lilium but also for its world-class tier one suppliers, each boasting decades of experience in meeting the stringent certification requirements of commercial aviation.
As Lilium gears up for production, its Tier One suppliers are also ramping up the manufacturing of key components and systems essential for the Lilium Jet.
The next step in the process involves the meticulous pairing of the fuselage with the aircraft’s canards and main wings.
This intricate assembly takes place within Lilium’s cutting-edge facilities, which encompass a testing and manufacturing center, a propulsion and aerostructures facility, a final assembly building, and a newly constructed battery assembly building and logistics hub.
Wessling Germany Production Hub
Situated alongside each other, these facilities cover an impressive 175,000 square feet (16,250 sqm), highlighting Lilium’s commitment to consolidating its operations for maximum efficiency.
The eVTOL production hub in Wessling, Germany, serves as the epicenter for bringing together the various components of the Lilium Jet seamlessly.
Klaus Roewe, CEO of Lilium, expressed his pride in witnessing the first evTOL jet aircraft fuselage on the final assembly line, emphasizing the collective mission to make aviation sustainable.
He firmly believes that the Lilium Jet will not only meet the highest safety standards but will also redefine comfort, unit economics, and overall customer experience in regional mobility.
Yves Yemsi, COO of Lilium, paid tribute to the collaborative efforts of Lilium’s team, suppliers, and partners.
Acknowledging the progress made in designing and building critical components, Yemsi highlighted the quality collaboration with aerostructures suppliers Aciturri and Aernnova.
This collaboration, he affirmed, validates Lilium’s strategic approach of partnering with proven aerospace suppliers on the path to certification and eventual entry into service of the Lilium Jet.
The commencement of assembly follows Lilium’s Design Organization Approval by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
This approval affirms Lilium’s organizational prowess, procedures, competencies, resources, and demonstrated rigor—factors crucial for certifying aircraft according to the highest safety standards.
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