Lilium To Launch Air Taxi Network In Florida Centered On Orlando

The German electric aircraft developer Lilium is partnering with the real estate developer Tavistock to build a hub in Orlando for an inter-city transportation network in the tourist mecca of Florida that it intends to launch in 2025, the first concrete plans yet announced by any of the scores of companies aiming to establish air taxi services as to where their vehicles will get off the ground in the United States.

Tavistock, owned by British billionaire Joe Lewis, will build a 56,000-square-foot “vertiport” with eight landing bays at its Lake Nona development next to the Orlando airport, Florida’s busiest.

Lilium aims to be an option for the 50 million travelers who pass through the Orlando airport every year in normal times to

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Flying taxi startup Lilium outlines Florida air network plan for 2025

German electric aviation startup Lilium has announced details about its first mobility network hub in the U.S., with plans to connect Florida residents and tourists over a 185-mile radius in 2025.

The company has teamed up with real estate development company Tavistock and the City of Orlando to establish Florida as the “first advanced aerial mobility region” in the U.S., according to a statement. The first Lilium “vertiport” is to be located at Orlando’s Aerotropolis, in the planned community of Lake Nona.

While the arrival of flying taxis is still some way off, Lilium has emerged as one of the frontrunners in the burgeoning space, using electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to bypass expensive, space-intensive runways. The company had previously committed to commercializing its aircraft by 2025, and this latest announcement confirms that plan.

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Founded in Munich in 2015, Lilium is building compact all-electric jets that

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