Lilium, the company pioneering the eVTOL Lilium Jet, has marked a significant achievement in its development journey with the initiation of fuselage assembly for the Lilium Jet.
The company remains firmly on schedule for its inaugural manned flight, anticipated in late 2024. This milestone underscores Lilium’s capability to progress from concept to realization, as outlined in its strategic plan. The initial fuselage assembly represents a pivotal step toward obtaining type-certification for the Lilium Jet, with seven fuselages slated for use in the certification process. This first fuselage is planned for delivery to Lilium facilities in Wessling, Germany in the fourth quarter 2023, prior to planned start of assembly of the first Lilium Jet by year end.
Yves Yemsi, COO of Lilium said: “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. We see this as further evidence that our approach of teaming with proven aerospace suppliers to bring our cutting edge eVTOL aircraft to market is the optimal strategy as we advance along a path to certification and entry into service of the Lilium Jet.”
Lilium’s progress is underscored by its strategic partnership with Aciturri, aerospace supplier with nearly half a century of experience in commercial aircraft programs, including work on Airbus and Boeing projects. Aciturri is actively involved in the development and production of the Lilium Jet’s fuselage at its facilities in Valladolid, Spain. Beyond industrialization, Aciturri will continue to support the design optimization and certification of the Lilium Jet, aligning with Europe’s climate neutrality goals.
Why it’s important: The start of fuselage assembly, taking place at Aciturri’s facilities in Valladolid, Spain, symbolizes Lilium’s commitment to advancing sustainable regional air mobility. The company’s approach of partnering with proven aerospace suppliers has proven successful, while Lilium also maintains its ambitious timeline, with the fuselage slated for delivery to Lilium’s facilities in Wessling, Germany, by the fourth quarter of 2023.