Lufthansa interested in flying taxis from Lilium
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Lufthansa Group and Lilium involves a strategic partnership on eVTOL aircraft operation in Europe. The document should prepare the ground for the two companies to explore innovation opportunities in aviation, discussing areas such as ground and flight operations, future aircraft maintenance, as well as crewing and flight training.
Both companies are keen to analyse the opportunities for collaboration on infrastructure. This would involve third parties, like airports and regional partners, and infrastructure, like vertiports and airspace integration. Lufthansa and Lilium say they would also need to define required operation processes.
With a current fleet of more than 700 commercial aircraft, the Lufthansa Group says it is pursuing a long-term strategy focused on cost efficiency and reducing emissions. Lufthansa wants to halve its net CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2019 to achieve a neutral CO2 balance by 2050. Lilium’s technology could play a part in this.
“We want to develop aviation further and drive the transformation of the industry. This Memorandum of Understanding with Lilium will make an important contribution to this, says Detlef Kayser, Chief Officer Fleet and Technology of the Lufthansa Group. “We look forward to exploring opportunities and possibilities to offer eVTOL flights to Lufthansa Group customers.”
Lilium announced the start of production for its Lilium Jet a few days ago. The first seven units produced are to be used for flight tests to obtain type certification for the Lilium Jet from EASA.