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eVTOL Maker Lilium Launches China Legal Entity

DALLAS — Lilium, developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet and poised leader in the upcoming regional air mobility (RAM) arena, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Bao’an District in Shenzhen.

As part of this agreement, Lilium has established its APAC regional headquarters in the district through its newly created Chinese entity, 力翎航空 ("Powerful Wing").

This collaboration builds upon a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed last year, further solidifying Lilium's commitment to becoming a leading player in the region's aviation industry.

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The Low Altitude Economy

This partnership marks Lilium as a key player in the region's low altitude economy, strengthening ties with local infrastructure partners, customers, and regulatory authorities.

Initially focusing on the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, home to over 85 million people, Lilium plans to expand its presence throughout China and the broader Asia-Pacific region. The extensive regional knowledge of Bao’an District will be instrumental in laying the foundation for premium eVTOL operations in the Greater Bay Area.

Lilium says it is in the process of establishing its regional headquarters at the Bao'an Low Altitude Economy Industry Public Service Center. It is the first European eVTOL manufacturer to set up a regional office in this district. The new headquarters will facilitate Lilium Jet sales, services, and support across China and the Asia-Pacific region.

The company will also undertake certification and validation in China, aiming to capture a significant share of the global eVTOL market, which is expected to account for about 25 percent. Establishing the regional headquarters in China will create new job opportunities in the Shenzhen region, with local recruitment focusing on commercial activities beginning this year.

The eVTOL developer added in tis press release that it will engage in low altitude economy industry events, collaborate with local infrastructure partners to ensure compatibility with the Lilium Jet, and explore opportunities for local supply chain operations.

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Comments from Bao’an District, Lilium Officials

倪勇 Yong Ni, a representative of the Bao’an District, said, “We are proud to welcome Lilium to Bao’an District as part of our shared mission to build the low altitude economy of the future. This valuable collaboration will create exciting new opportunities and support the development of the necessary infrastructure to bring sustainable regional aviation to Shenzhen.”

Klaus Roewe, CEO of Lilium, said, “China represents a huge opportunity for the eVTOL industry and this partnership with the Bao’an District will expand our footprint even further in China. We believe the Lilium Jet is well placed to meet the demands of customers in China and across the region. We are particularly grateful for the modern facilities provided by the Bao'an District in the Bao'an Low Altitude Economy Industry Public Service Center, and for the holistic support they offer to encourage growth in the low altitude economy industry.”

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