Lilium has announced its first industry partnership with Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT), a member of the Lufthansa Group.

The Munich-based aviation company is currently developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) for regional air mobility. Lilium and Lufthansa Aviation Training will develop a tailor made Pilot Sourcing and Training programme to qualify pilots to fly the Lilium Jet.

The programme’s first phase will consist of bespoke Lilium type rating training certification for qualified commercial pilots. It will harness technologies including Mixed and Virtual Reality (MR/VR) opening possibilities to recreate the scheme worldwide and enable a stable pipeline of qualified pilots to support the growth of the company and of the industry.

Programme will support rapid scaling

Lilium is utilising the strengths and experience of its partners to co-create and accelerate the development of its fully integrated model to support the rapid pace at which the company is scaling.

Lufthansa Aviation Training will provide expertise into the training and development of competencies necessary to fulfil the need for a new form of piloting. This compliments Lilium’s expertise in eVTOLs and the regional air mobility service it is building. The training programme will be the global first of its kind and a significant milestone on Lilium’s road to launch. Lilium and Lufthansa Aviation Training will also jointly work together with EASA (EU) and FAA (USA) regulatory authorities on certification.

A training setup “unlike any seen before”

Remo Gerber, Chief Operating Officer, Lilium said: “Opening a new professional segment for pilots of the future is a challenge we have long been excited to undertake and Lufthansa Aviation Training is the perfect partner. Their insights, experience and dedication to forward-thinking training concepts ensure that our pilots will be selected and trained to the highest calibre, an industry standard which we will establish through this partnership.”

Tiziana Heilig, Managing Director and CFO, LAT added: “We are thrilled to be working with Lilium to create a training setup, which is unlike any seen before. As one of the leaders in this vibrant sector, we look forward to this cooperation to share each other’s wealth of knowledge to provide an unparalleled aviation training experience.”

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