Lilium has announced today a strategic partnership with Bristow, a leading global provider of helicopter transportation, reports a press release.

Bristow has taken an option to purchase 50 Lilium Jets, in addition to providing Part 145 maintenance services for the Lilium Jet’s launch network in Florida and other future U.S and European markets.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) includes “the ramp up” of such maintenance services in support of the Lilium Jet’s entry into service (EIS) and post EIS services. The MoU also enables Bristow to become an authorised service provider for Lilium.

The press release states, “The MoU further outlines how Lilium and Bristow could collaborate on the process for achieving the relevant regulatory approvals for operating the Lilium Jet in Florida and plans for Bristow to purchase 50 Lilium Jets.”

Christopher Bradshaw

Christopher Bradshaw, President and CEO of Bristow, said, “Bristow has played a key role in successfully introducing several new VTOL platforms for the past 50+ years, so it is a natural evolution for us to take a leading role in the new and exciting Advanced Air Mobility market and lend our expertise to innovative and dynamic companies like Lilium.”

Daniel Wiegand, Co-Founder and CEO of Lilium, added, “Like our other partners, Bristow is regarded as the best in their field. They are a leading maintenance provider with incredible operational experience. Lilium is committed to working together with the best aviation partners to enable a successful commercial entry for the Lilium Jet.”

The release continues, “Lilium is among the first eVTOL companies to pair certified air carriers with infrastructure developers and support services, such as maintenance and repair and flight training. The addition of Bristow as a Part 145 maintenance provider marks significant progress for Lilium, adding another reputable partner to enable its regional air service in North America and Europe.”

The proposed arrangement between Bristow and Lilium “is subject to the parties finalising commercial terms and entering into definitive agreements with respect thereto, and the satisfaction of certain conditions.”