In an announcement made during the recent Farnborough Air Show, Lilium agreed with AAP Aviation Group to purchase 40 Lilium Jets to develop an eVTOL network in Scandinavia and to identify landing sites, starting with Norway.

AAP Aviation and Lilium plan to offer sustainable travel mobility to Scandinavia using the Lilium Jet, supplementing existing regional aircraft routes and ensuring flexible and time-saving low-emission travel between cities and communities, pending authority approval of aircraft models and route infrastructure.

AAP Aviation CEO Espen Høiby, said: “We have disrupted the aviation industry once before and are set to do so again – the mix of water, terrain and mountains means that Norway is particularly suited to regional air mobility.

“With its vertical take-off and landing capability, high speed and regional range, the Lilium Jet can achieve hours of time savings compared with today’s transportation. The Lilium Jet performance, its low noise profile and its spacious cabin make it the ideal aircraft to develop sustainable air transport in Scandinavia.”

AAP Aviation entered the market in 2013, offering professional services for the aviation industry, including crew management – formerly known as OSM Aviation, it quickly established operations in 19 countries worldwide with over 6000 employees.

Lilium CEO Daniel Wiegand continued: “Norway is the world’s leader in sustainable practices, and known to have the highest penetration of electric car ownership, so we are proud to team up with AAP Aviation to bring electric, high-speed mobility to Norway and the rest of Scandinavia.”

The Lilium Jet is currently being developed in Germany and expected to hold four to six passengers over a physical range of 250 km.

Two weeks ago, Bristow took an option to purchase 50 Lilium Jets, in addition to providing Part 145 maintenance services for its launch network in Florida and future US and European markets, an agreement that enables Bristow to become an authorised service provider for Lilium.

In late June, Lilium selected Astronics Corporation to design, develop, and build its electrical power distribution system with secondary power distribution units (SPDUs) and charging power distribution units (CPDUs).

SPDUs are responsible for high voltage conversion from (1000 VDC) to low voltage (28 VDC), and ensure a reliable supply of power to the aircraft’s flight controls, avionics, navigation, communication, sensors, internal and external lights, and passenger comfort. The CPDU manages the battery charging operation.