The German start-up company Lilium presents the Lilium Jet - an electric vertical take-off aircraft (VTOL).

The idea behind the Lilium Jet is to create an air taxi to save time in the city. I think it is also a good idea as an air tender for superyachts. It offers space for up to five passengers, a speed of 300 km/h and an operating range of 300 km.

Daniel Wiegand, CEO of Lilium comments:

“Seeing the Lilium Jet take to the sky and performing sophisticated maneuvers with apparent ease is testament to the skill and perseverance of our amazing team. We have solved some of the toughest engineering challenges in aviation to get to this point.

“The successful test flight programme shows that our ground-breaking technical design works exactly as we envisioned. We can now turn our focus to designing the five seater production aircraft.”

The Lilium Jet is made of carbon to save weight and is powered by 36 jet engines mounted on its wings with 12 movable flaps.

“Safety is of primary concern of Lilium, and the Jet is designed along the principle of Ultra Redundancy: The aircraft’s engines are individually shielded, so the failure of a single unit cannot affect adjacent engines.”