Lilium, the German company developing the eVTOL Lilium Jet, said it has entered an agreement to deliver 100 aircraft to Shenzhen Eastern General Aviation Co., known as Heli-Eastern, a general aviation transport and helicopter services company in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area in China.
Under the agreement, Heli-Eastern plans to order the Lilium Jets and to assist Lilium in identifying sites for vertiports and other infrastructure. Following the Lilium eVTOL’s expected type certification, Heli-Eastern would operate the aircraft while providing crews and maintenance.
Lilium also announced an agreement with the Bao’an District of Shenzhen municipality to open a regional headquarters to represent the company in sales, services, and support in China and the Asia-Pacific region.
“We are excited about Lilium’s expansion into China with such well-established local partners like Heli-Eastern,” .Lilium CEO Klaus Roewe said. “We see significant potential for Lilium’s eVTOL network in the Greater Bay Area, both to reach this important premium market, as well as to offer the sustainable, time-saving benefits of the Lilium Jet to as many people as possible.”
Zhao Qi, chairman of Heli-Eastern said, “By partnering with Lilium, we are bringing the future of sustainable air mobility to China. With Lilium’s premium cabin design and innovative electric jet technology, our customers can travel throughout the Greater Bay Area and beyond quickly and sustainably.”