MUNICH—Lilium N.V. has started to assemble its much-anticipated electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft at its factory in Wessling, Germany. The company recently received the first composite fuselage produced by Aciturri Aerostrutures in Valladolid, Spain. Assemblers are now attaching the canards and wings of the Lilium Jet.

“To see the first aircraft fuselage on the final assembly line ready to join up with the canard and wings is a proud moment for everyone involved in our mission to make aviation sustainable,” says Klaus Roewe, CEO of Lilium. “We firmly believe the Lilium Jet will usher in a new era of sustainable regional mobility, offering the highest safety standards, as well as superior comfort, unit economics and customer experience.”

 “The progress made in designing and building the fuselage, canard and wings is a testament to the quality of collaboration with our aerostructures suppliers Aciturri and Aernnova,” adds Yves Yemsi, chief operating office of Lilium. “This once again confirms that our approach of teaming with proven aerospace suppliers is the optimal strategy as we advance along a path to certification and entry into service of the Lilium Jet.”