Lilium establishes entity to expand role in Chinese market


Lilium has signed an agreement with China’s Shenzhen-based Bao’an District to establish an entity in the country.

The subsidiary, known by its English translation as Powerful Wing, will oversee the establishment of Lilium’s APAC headquarters in the Bao’an Low Altitude Economy Industry Public Service Center. Lilium is the first European eVTOL developer to base a regional office in the district.

Lilium will also undertake certification and validation in China.

Klaus Roewe (pictured above left), CEO of Lilium, said: “China represents a huge opportunity for the eVTOL industry and this partnership with the Bao’an District will expand our footprint even further in China. We believe the Lilium Jet is well placed to meet the demands of customers in China and across the region. We are particularly grateful for the modern facilities provided by the Bao’an District in the Bao’an Low Altitude Economy Industry Public Service Center, and for the holistic support they offer to encourage growth in the low altitude economy industry.” 

While the partnership initially focuses on the Guangdong–Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, with a population of over 85m people, Lilium intends to grow across China and the broader Asia-Pacific region in the future.

Yong Ni (pictured above right), a representative of the Bao’an District, added: “We are proud to welcome Lilium to Bao’an District as part of our shared mission to build the low altitude economy of the future. This valuable collaboration will create exciting new opportunities and support the development of the necessary infrastructure to bring sustainable regional aviation to Shenzhen.” 

By establishing the regional headquarters in China, Lilium will create new jobs in the Shenzhen region. Local recruitment, with a focus on commercial activities, is expected to begin this year.