European charter operator GlobeAir has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with eVTOL manufacturer Lilium N.V. The intention is to purchase 12 aircraft.
The eVTOLs will operate in Northern Italy and the French Riviera.
GlobeAir has been investigating technological advancements in the zero operating emissions eVTOL aircraft since 2016, according to the announcement.
With the move away from fossil fuels, eVTOL aircraft are the next generation of regional air mobility.
The eVTOL aircraft is powered by electric propulsion and high energy density lithium-ion batteries rather than jet fuel. The eVTOL will provide a faster, safer, and greener mode of transportation.
“We are proud to be partnering with Lilium as they are changing how we think about aviation and are working to revolutionize how people travel. Technological breakthroughs, a forward-thinking mindset, and a drive to deliver quality time that fits customer expectations have propelled Lilium to the forefront of next-generation air travel,” said Bernhard Fragner, CEO of GlobeAir, in a statement.
Currently, GlobeAir operates a fleet of Cessna Citation Mustang very light jets.
The Lilium Jet order is part of a last-mile strategy.
“Completing that last mile with seamless travel is essential in the customer journey. With increased flight demand, allowing the new and flexible means of private air travel is now more critically important than ever. The first phase will be for leisure travelers focusing on the Cote d’Azur and Italian region. It will be greatly beneficial, especially during the busy summer months,” the company said.
“We are thrilled to partner with one of the leading European providers in on-demand air mobility, GlobeAir. The French Riviera and Italy are key markets, and we are confident that our shared commitment to innovation and partnership will result in a premium customer experience,” said Sebastien Borel, SVP Commercial, Lilium