Netjets, a world-leading private jet company and Lilium N.V. (Lilium), maker of the Lilium Jet, an all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, have signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) partnering with FlightSafety International (FlightSafety), creating a strategic partnership that will see NetJets obtain the rights to purchase 150 Lilium eVTOLs.
NetJets intention is to provide Lilium with support for a private sales campaign while also investigating a business model for Lilium’s Florida network, together with other North American and European locations. Lilium jets provide operators with a flexible four-or six-seat layout for both premium and shuttle configurations. The Lilium Jet delivers high performance with zero operating emissions which will enable NetJets to further its sustainability efforts by presenting its customer base with alternatives for regional transport.
FlightSafety’s involvement comes in the form of providing products and services including courseware, industry-leading immersive and mixed-reality training devices and crew training in support of Lilium Jet operations. NetJets operates the world’s largest fleet of private jets and its strong owner base will provide Lilium with scale and support for its ecosystem in the US, where plans for a Florida transport hub continue to progress.
Daniel Wiegand, Co-Founder and CEO of Lilium said: “This partnership is a major step in our mission to build radically better ways of moving and to electrify regional air travel. We believe that the private and business professional segments will be highly attractive markets in the future and, likewise, early adopters of the eVTOL revolution.”
“Our focus on technology and adaptive learning will help prepare aviation professionals with the highest levels of expertise to support operation of the Lilium Jet,” said Brad Thress, President and CEO of FlightSafety International. Adam Johnson, CEO of NetJets said: “We’re delighted to partner with Lilium’s experienced team to provide sustainable flight services to our customers. Lilium’s aircraft will expand our fleet options and provide our customers with a new and flexible means of private air travel.”