Lilium, developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, announces the start of production of the Lilium Jet, following the arrival of the first Lilium Jet fuselage at Lilium’s final assembly line. In parallel, Lilium’s world-class tier-one suppliers – most of which have decades of experience in meeting the certification requirements of commercial aviation – are ramping up production of parts and systems for the Lilium Jet.

With the start of production, Lilium has hit a watershed moment, shifting from the design phase to industrialization of the Lilium Jet. The milestone is an important turning point for Lilium’s industrial partners and supply chains working to make sustainable regional aviation a reality. In the next step, the fuselage will be matched and joined with the aircraft’s canards and main wings.

Production of the Lilium Jet takes place at Lilium’s state-of-the-art facilities in Wessling, Germany. Lilium’s testing & manufacturing center, propulsion & aerostructures facility, final assembly building, and the newly constructed battery assembly building and logistics hub, where aircraft parts are readied for integration on the final assembly line, are all located alongside one another. In total, Lilium’s facilities cover an area of 175,000 square-feet (16,250 sqm).

The start of assembly follows Lilium’s Design Organization Approval by EASA, confirming that Lilium has the organization, procedures, competencies, resources, and demonstrated rigor required to certify aircraft according to the very highest safety standards.

Klaus Roewe, CEO of Lilium, commented: “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. We firmly believe the Lilium Jet will usher in a new era of sustainable regional mobility, offering the highest safety standards, as well as superior comfort, unit economics, and customer experience.”

Yves Yemsi, COO of Lilium said: “I’d like to pay tribute not only to all Lilians, but also to the support and commitment of each of our suppliers and partners. The progress made in designing and building the fuselage, canard, and wings is a testament to the quality of collaboration with our aerostructures suppliers Aciturri and Aernnova. This once again confirms that our approach of teaming with proven aerospace suppliers is the optimal strategy as we advance along a path to certification and entry into service of the Lilium Jet.”