Schlagwort-Archive: Lilium Jet

Lilium and SAUDIA announce plan to bring Electric Air Mobility to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s national airline to be the first airline in the MENA region to invest in sustainable air mobility with plans to purchase 100 all-electric Lilium Jets and support certification across the region. SAUDIA, the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, and Lilium N.V., developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet, at the sixth edition of the Future Investment Initiative (FII), announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the proposed development and operation by SAUDIA of an eVTOL network across Saudi Arabia. The proposed arrangement will make SAUDIA the first airline in the MENA region to purchase 100 Lilium Jets alongside yearly support services.

With zero operating emissions, the Lilium Jet will enable sustainable and time-saving travel. SAUDIA intends to launch a state-of-the-art service with the purchase of 100 Lilium Jets including new electric point-to-point connections as well as seamless feeder connections to SAUDIA’s hubs for business class guests. Lilium Jet’s flexible cabin architecture is expected to enable a range of spacious interior configurations that are well suited to the needs of the premium market, which Lilium believes can help drive the early adoption of eVTOL aircraft required to scale.

SAUDIA also expects to support Lilium with the necessary regulatory approval processes in Saudi Arabia for certification of the Lilium Jet and any other required regulatory approvals. As the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, SAUDIA currently serves a network of more than 100 domestic and international destinations with its world-renowned service and hospitality. Lilium and SAUDIA plan to combine SAUDIA’s unrivalled market knowledge and Lilium’s unique eVTOL aircraft to transform the Kingdom’s domestic air transport sector.

Captain Ibrahim S. Koshy, Chief Executive Officer of SAUDIA said: “SAUDIA, building on its commitment to be an industry-leading airline committed to sustainability, considers our eVTOL network project with Lilium to be an undertaking of great significance for the Kingdom’s aviation industry and will contribute effectively to spurring sustainable tourism in Saudi using zero-emission aviation. SAUDIA intends to meet a growing demand for regional air mobility and offer our valued Guests a superior on-board experience. The potential for such an airborne transit network is limitless”.

Alexander Asseily, Vice Chairman of Lilium said: “We are thrilled to work with innovative partners for whom sustainability is a priority. This partnership with SAUDIA, our first in the Middle East, is an exciting development for Lilium. We look forward to working with SAUDIA to deploy an eVTOL network across Saudi Arabia.” The proposed arrangement between SAUDIA and Lilium is subject to the parties completing a feasibility assessment, agreeing to commercial terms, and entering into definitive agreements with respect thereto and satisfaction of certain conditions. Source: ‚Lilium Jets‚ and ‚Saudia Airlines‚.

Ex-Airbus-Manager will Lilium auf Kurs bringen

Seit August führt Klaus Roewe das vor sieben Jahren gegründete Unternehmen. Kurz nach Amtsantritt kann er einen Erfolg vermelden. Der Jet hat einen längeren Flug absolviert. Klaus Roewe legt die Messelatte hoch. „Ich bin überzeugt, dass der Lilium-Jet das beste Flugzeug in seiner Klasse sein wird“, schreibt der neue Chef des Flugtaxi-Start-ups in einem aktuellen Brief an die Aktionäre. Seit Anfang August führt der frühere Airbus-Manager das vor sieben Jahren gegründete Unternehmen Lilium. Zwar wird offiziell noch Mitgründer Daniel Wiegand als CEO genannt – erst müssen die Aktionäre im Oktober der Berufung Roewes zustimmen. Doch das gilt als Formalie, der Ingenieur hat bereits das Ruder übernommen. Wiegand ist im Topmanagement fortan der Entwicklungschef.

Deshalb ist es Roewe, der die Anteilseigner in dem Aktionärsbrief begrüßt. Und der eine gute Nachricht mitbringt. Der Lilium-Jet hat erstmals einen längeren Flug absolviert, mitsamt allen Flugphasen. Ein Video zeigt, wie der Jet abhebt, in den Gleitflug übergeht, dabei eine Geschwindigkeit (Groundspeed) von fast 200 Stundenkilometern erreicht, dann in den Sinkflug übergeht und schließlich senkrecht auf der Landebahn aufsetzt. Auch wenn es nur der Demonstrator ohne Passagiere an Bord war, der da geflogen ist – für Lilium ist es ein wichtiger Schritt. Quelle: ‚Handelsblatt‚. Video: ‚Die Welt/Youtube‚.

Lilium Partners with Bristow on Electric Air Mobility

Leading provider of helicopter transportation plans to purchase 50 Lilium all-electric jets and provide Part 145 maintenance services in Florida and other U.S. and European markets. Bristow Group Inc., the leader in innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, and Lilium N.V., developer of an electric vertical-takeoff and landing (“eVTOL”) jet, announced today a strategic partnership where Bristow will have the option to purchase 50 Lilium Jets in addition to providing maintenance services for the Lilium Jet’s launch network in Florida, and other future U.S and European markets. The non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) outlines the collaboration between Bristow and Lilium on the development of a maintenance program to support the operation of the Lilium Jet, including the ramp-up of maintenance in support of the Lilium Jet’s entry into service (“EIS”) and post EIS services. The MOU also enables Bristow to become an authorized service provider for Lilium. The MOU further outlines how Lilium and Bristow may collaborate on the process for achieving the relevant regulatory approvals for operating the Lilium Jet in Florida and plans for Bristow to purchase 50 Lilium Jets. Lilium is among the first eVTOL companies to pair certified air carriers with infrastructure developers and support services, such as maintenance and repair and flight training. The addition of Bristow as a Part 145 maintenance provider marks significant progress for Lilium, adding another reputable partner to enable its regional air service in North America and Europe.

Daniel Wiegand, Co-Founder and CEO of Lilium, said, “The Bristow partnership builds on our existing partnerships with other best-in-class organizations. Like our other partners, Bristow is regarded as the best in their field. They are a leading maintenance provider with incredible operational experience. Lilium is committed to working together with the best aviation partners to enable a successful commercial entry for the Lilium Jet.” Bristow is the global leader in innovative and sustainable vertical aviation solutions to some of the world’s leading offshore energy companies. Bristow is actively transforming its business to embrace innovative and sustainable technology including eVTOL aircraft. “Leveraging our 70+ year legacy of innovative and sustainable vertical flight to partner with companies like Lilium to usher in a new era of vertical flight solutions is a cornerstone of Bristow’s future operational outlook,” said Christopher Bradshaw, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bristow. “Bristow has played a key role in successfully introducing several new VTOL platforms for the past 50+ years, so it is a natural evolution for us to take a leading role in the new and exciting Advanced Air Mobility market and lend our expertise to innovative and dynamic companies like Lilium. We are excited about the future of vertical lift and the important role Bristow and companies like Lilium will play together.” The proposed arrangement between Bristow and Lilium is subject to the parties finalizing commercial terms and entering into definitive agreements with respect thereto, and the satisfaction of certain conditions. Source: ‚Lilium / News Releases‚.

Lufttaxi-Start-up in Erklärungsnot

Experten zweifeln an den Versprechen des deutschen Lufttaxi-Herstellers Lilium. Die Firma sieht sich zu Unrecht an den Pranger gestellt. Doch die Kritiker legen jetzt nach. Was für ein Traum. Endlich hat auch Deutschland einen Innovator vom Schlage eines Elon Musk. Sein Name: Daniel Wiegand, ein smarter Jungingenieur voller Ehrgeiz und Vision, eine Hoffnung für die Nation. Gemeinsam mit drei weiteren Absolventen der TU München hat Wiegand dafür 2015 die Lilium GmbH gegründet, die seitdem den „Lilium Jet“ entwickelt. Bis 2025 soll das Wunderding fertig sein. Mithilfe von 36 kleinen Elektromotoren soll der Fünfsitzer Menschen bis zu 300 Kilometer weit transportieren können – mit einer Reisegeschwindigkeit von 300 Kilometern pro Stunde. Doch womöglich könnte der Traum jäh enden: Es mehren sich Zweifel, ob Lilium – ein Vorzeigeprojekt, gefeiert und bestaunt von Ministern und Kanzlerin Angela Merkel, gefördert durch die Europäische Raumfahrtagentur Esa – auf seriöse Weise arbeitet. Die These steht im Raum, dass der Ehrgeiz der Gründer nicht mit den Gesetzen der Physik vereinbar ist. Lesen Sie den vollständigen Artikel im ‚Spiegel‘.