Electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) developer Lilium has booked a firm order from Swiss private jet and helicopter operator Air-Dynamic for up to five units of its Lilium Jet.
The deposit-backed agreement will see the jets – featuring a premium club configuration – operated by Air-Dynamic on behalf of customers in Switzerland and Italy.
Raffaella Meledandri, the operator’s chief executive, says: “This partnership represents an important step for Air-Dynamic and the entire aviation industry.
“We are excited to work with Lilium to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for the future of aviation.”
Meledandri sees the Lilium Jet being used to connect Lugano in Switzerland with downtown Milan as well as establishing routes to tourist destinations within Italy.
Air-Dynamic owns two Pilatus PC-12s based at Lugano airport and manages different jets and helicopters on behalf of private owners.
Lilium also appears to have quietly introduced a new split-tip wing-tip configuration, replacing the more typical winglet design seen on earlier iterations of the jet.