Bavarian electric air-taxi company Lilium has officially commenced the production of its Lilium Jet, with the first seven units designated for flight tests to obtain type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The production milestone signifies a pivotal transition from the design phase to industrialization, as the first Lilium Jet fuselage arrives at the German aircraft company's final assembly line. Concurrently, Lilium's suppliers are scaling up the production of essential components required for the aircraft.
Lilium recently secured Design Organization Approval from EASA, a critical prerequisite for companies developing commercial aircraft. The next phase involves matching and joining the fuselage with the aircraft's canards and main wings.
The manufacturing of the Lilium Jet is underway at Lilium's facilities in Wessling, Germany, encompassing a testing and manufacturing center, propulsion and aerostructures facility, final assembly building, and a recently constructed battery assembly building and logistics hub. These facilities, spanning 16,250 sqm, are strategically located adjacent to each other.
Klaus Roewe, CEO of Lilium, expressed pride in reaching this milestone, stating, “To see the first aircraft fuselage on the final assembly line ready to join up with the canard and wings is a proud moment for everyone involved in our mission to make aviation sustainable.” Roewe emphasized the company's belief that the Lilium Jet will usher in a new era of sustainable regional mobility, emphasizing safety standards, comfort, unit economics, and customer experience.