Lilium has chosen French manufacturer Expliseat to design and build the pilot and passenger seats for its jet.

Expliseat specialises in lightweight and durable seating for aviation and other low carbon transport, and has expertise in advanced materials such as carbon fibre and titanium, which makes their seats about 35 per cent lighter than those typically made of aluminium.

This weight saving is the result of an ultra light frame where comfort is not sacrificed, with the mass saved partially reassigned to additional cushions and enhanced ergonomics to provide an optimal experience for the Lilium Jet’s passengers. 

Lower seat mass contributes to more efficient and sustainable aviation and Expliseat has developed recycled composite processes to produce seat parts without using any virgin material, while guaranteeing higher robustness compared to conventional plastic ones.

Lilium procurement senior vice president Martin Schuebel said: “The Lilium Jet uses cutting-edge technology, so we have the best partners to challenge the way things are done. 

“Expliseat’s expertise with lightweight and durable materials will help us reach weight and distance targets for commercialisation, while ensuring a premium passenger experience.”

Expliseat CEO Amaury Barberot added: “Expliseat leads the forefront for sustainable seating solutions, and Lilium’s selection of Expliseat is a testimony to our technological advances and to the efficient balance offered between weight saving and extra comfort. 

“We are proud to develop one of the first serially produced eVTOL seats in history, compliant with the specific safety standards applicable to the industry, and to contribute to Lilium’s pioneering development.” 

Earlier this month, Lilium named former Airbus executive Klaus Roewe as its new CEO to replace company co-founder and current CEO Daniel Wiegand, who will take up his new role on August 1st, while Wiegand will still be part of the company as Lilium’s Chief Engineer for Innovation and Future Programs and Board Director. 

Two days previously, Lilium announced that its Phoenix 2 technology demonstrator is the first ever full-size electric jet aircraft to transition from hover to wing-borne flight, which means that the airflow going over the flaps attaches and becomes smooth, allowing the lift to be generated by the wing as in conventional fixed wing aircraft, rather than by the engines, which is the case during the hovering phase.