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Lufthansa Group and Lilium sign Memorandum of Understanding for Strategic Partnership

Our Bureau - : Dec 8, 2023 - : 3:25 am

The Lufthansa Group and Lilium have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore a strategic partnership on electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft operation in Europe.

The companies will explore innovation opportunities in aviation, discussing areas such as ground and flight operations, future aircraft maintenance, as well as crewing and flight training. Both companies will explore opportunities for collaboration with third parties like airports and regional partners, for instance, on the advancement of infrastructure such as vertiports and airspace integration.

“Innovation is part of our DNA,” said Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Lufthansa Group’s Executive Board, responsible for Fleet & Technology. “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.”

“We are delighted that the Lufthansa Group has decided to cooperate with us to jointly advance in the future of flying,” said Klaus Roewe, CEO of Lilium. “The Lufthansa Group has been at the forefront of some of Europe’s most important aviation initiatives, especially in the area of environmental sustainability.”

Lilium has begun production of its Lilium Jet. According to Lilium’s internal projections, the European market is expected to account for a demand of around 9,200 eVTOL aircraft through 2035.

The Lufthansa Group’s latest aircraft acquisitions have up to 30 percent lower fuel consumption and CO2emissions compared with predecessor models. The Lufthansa Group aims to cut its net carbon emissions in half by 2030 on its path to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.

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