Lilium has announced that Munich Airport and Nuremberg Airport will become hubs for a proposed regional air mobility network in Bavaria using its seven-seat eVTOL Lilium Jet.
The news follows Lilium’s announcement last September that it will work with Düsseldorf Airport and Cologne/Bonn Airport to position those two airports as hubs in a regional air mobility network spanning another German state, North Rhine-Westphalia. More recently, Lilium announced it will partner with the multinational infrastructure operator Ferrovial to build out a network of vertiports across Florida.
Lilium, which is headquartered at the Oberpfaffenhofen airfield near Munich, said it has undertaken extensive preparatory work for the proposed network in Bavaria, covering site search, structural implementation and airspace integration, use cases and routes.
“We are doing everything we can to bring our all-electric and ultra-quiet airline service to our home base of Bavaria, as well as to link Munich and Nuremberg even more closely with neighboring cities and regions,” Lilium CEO Daniel Wiegand stated in a press release. “We also want to offer a service for everyone in the Southern German region, with attractive prices and great time savings for all travelers. Munich and Nuremberg airports are key mobility hubs that we will connect with large and small cities throughout the region over time.”
Bavarian State Minister Florian Herrmann described eVTOL aircraft as “a fascinating and promising addition to the mobility of the future.”
“With the Air Mobility Initiative Bavaria as part of the High-Tech Agenda Plus, we are making 100 million euros available in the coming years for research and development for new forms of urban air mobility,” he stated. “The Bavarian state government sees great potential for quiet, emission-free and fast mobility in optimized networking of individual transport systems.”
Lilium revealed its seven-seat Lilium Jet concept last month, along with plans to go public through a merger with the blank check company Qell Acquisition Corp. Larger than many competing air taxi models, the production Lilium Jet is targeting a maximum range of over 250 kilometers (155 miles) and a cruise speed of 280 km/h (174 mph), which Lilium believes will be ideal for its inter-city shuttle flight business model.
While the company is developing the digital platform for a Lilium-branded service, it does not intend to operate the aircraft itself, but has yet to announce its operator partners.