The all-electric Lilium Jet takes off and lands vertically, enabling it to deliver connections from the city center to the city center with direct flights of up to one hour. With no infrastructure required between take-off and landing, connections can be established across any geography, at less than 1% of the cost of a similar high-speed rail link. Shuttle flights between high-demand locations will keep aircraft load factors high.
Lilium GmbH was founded in 2015 by four engineers and Ph.D. students at the Technical University of Munich, Daniel Wiegand, Sebastian Born, Matthias Meiner, and Patrick Nathen. They are supported by the Business Incubation Center Bavaria, the European Space Agency (ESA), Chinese Internet company Tencent, Atomico, Obvious, LGT, and Frank Thelen's investment company Freigeist Capital.