First Lilium Jet fuselage on final assembly line
Lilium announced it has begun production of the Lilium Jet, following yesterday’s arrival of the first fuselage at the firm’s final assembly line.
The news follows the recent announcement that EASA had issued Lilium design organisation approval for its Lilium Jet I. The next step will see the fuselage matched and joined with the aircraft’s canards and main wings.
Production of the Lilium Jet takes place at the firm’s 175,000 sqft facilities in Wessling, Germany. At the base Lilium has a testing and manufacturing centre, propulsion & aerostructures facility, final assembly building and a newly constructed battery assembly building and logistics hub.
Klaus Roewe, CEO of Lilium, said: “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.”
To meet manufacturing demands Lilium’s tier-one suppliers are ramping up production of parts and systems for the aircraft.
Yves Yemsi, chief operating officer 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.”