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Lufthansa Group & Lilium Sign MoU for strategic partnership

Friday, December 8, 2023

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Lufthansa Group and Lilium have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to investigate potential collaboration in the field of electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft operations within Europe. The focus of this partnership would involve exploring innovative opportunities in aviation, encompassing ground and flight operations, future aircraft maintenance, crewing, and flight training. Additionally, both companies express their interest in examining potential collaborations with external entities, such as airports and regional partners, to advance infrastructure elements like vertiports, airspace integration, and the formulation of essential operational procedures.

Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Lufthansa Group’s Executive Board, responsible for Fleet & Technology, says: “Innovation is part of our DNA. The Lufthansa Group aspires to be a global leader in the integration of state-of-the-art products and processes. 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. Only with innovation, courage and determination can we, as an industry, make aviation more sustainable and master the challenges of the future.”

Klaus Roewe, CEO of Lilium, comments: “We are delighted that the Lufthansa Group has decided to cooperate with us to jointly advance in the future of flying. The Lufthansa Group has been at the forefront of some of Europe’s most important aviation initiatives, especially in the area of environmental sustainability. We are thrilled to explore opportunities on bringing eVTOL flights to Lufthansa Group customers.” 

As of Lilium’s recent announcement, the production of the Lilium Jet has commenced. According to Lilium’s internal estimates, there is anticipated demand for approximately 9,200 eVTOL aircraft in the European market by 2035.

The Lufthansa Group, boasting a fleet of over 700 commercial aircraft, is actively pursuing a long-term fleet strategy geared towards cost-efficiency and emissions reduction. The group’s latest aircraft acquisitions demonstrate up to 30 percent lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to their predecessors. With a commitment to environmental sustainability, the Lufthansa Group aims to halve its net carbon emissions by 2030, working towards carbon neutrality by 2050.

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