Press Releases

  • Lilium celebrates successful flight tests of world’s first electric VTOL jet

    Lilium Jet, the first zero-emission electric plane capable of Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL), has completed a series of rigorous flight tests in the skies above Germany. The two-seater prototype executed a range of complex maneuvers, including its signature mid-air transition from hover mode to wing-borne forward flight.


  • Meggy Sailer joins Lilium from Tesla to lead recruitment

    Lilium is very pleased to welcome Meggy Sailer as Head of Recruitment. Meggy brings rare experience of staffing a cutting-edge transportation company, joining Lilium from Tesla after more than 5 years.


  • Lilium raises €10m in Series A round with Atomico

    Lilium, the pioneering developer of electric planes capable of Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL), has raised a €10m Series A funding round with Atomico, the leading global venture capital firm based in London.


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Lilium Facts


  • Number of passengers: 5
  • Number of engines: 36
  • Range: up to 300 km
  • Cruising velocity: 300 km/h
  • Wing-span: 10 m
  • Concept: canard with powered lift
  • Take-off and landing: vertically


Lilium is a disruptive aviation start-up based in Munich. Co-founded in 2015 by Daniel Wiegand, Sebastian Born, Patrick Nathen and Matthias Meiner, the team brings together international world-class engineers and designers.

The group shares the vision of a completely new type of individual transportation and is dedicated to developing and building the world’s first fully electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet. An estimated range of up to 300 km and a top speed of 300 km/h, along with zero emissions make it the most efficient and eco-friendly individual means of transportation of our time. By providing ultra-redundancy, the Lilium Jet will also set new standards in safety.

Lilium aims at liberating towns and cities from today’s congestion and pollution, with people able to come and go freely, vastly expanding the radius of their everyday lives.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to enable a world where everybody can fly anywhere, anytime.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the leading company in on-demand air transportation by providing quiet, eco-friendly and exceptionally designed VTOL jets and a magical user experience.

Founding Team

  • Daniel Wiegand
    Daniel Wiegand

    Co-Founder, CEO

    Together with his three co-founders, Daniel Wiegand started Lilium in 2015. During his studies of aerospace engineering at the Technical University of Munich he ranked among the best. He was always driven by his curiosity and his vision to improve the world and revolutionize people's lives. His first patent was filed when he was still in high school. He has won multiple awards, including “Jugend forscht”, Germany’s most recognized tech competition. Daniel graduated the master's' program with a focus on flight propulsion systems. As a project manager at ABB in Zurich, he has gained in-depth experience in managing complex projects as well as insights in business development. Flying has always been his passion: already at the age of 14, he started soaring and became a pilot before being allowed to drive a car. Since the beginning of 2015, he holds the position of CEO at Lilium.

    • MSc. in flight propulsion from TUM, Technical University Munich
    • Project manager at ABB Zurich before starting Lilium
    • Glider pilot (inactive)
    • Winner “Jugend forscht“ (Germany’s most recognized tech competition)
  • Sebastian Born
    Sebastian Born

    Co-Founder, Head of Mechanical Engineering

    • Former PhD candidate in mechanics at TUM, Technical University Munich
    • Expert in lightweight structure and high-performance materials
    • Research at Fraunhofer Institute
  • Patrick Nathen
    Patrick Nathen

    Co-Founder, Head of Calculation & Design

    • PhD candidate in aerodynamics at TUM, Technical University Munich
    • Expert in numerical simulation
    • VDI Prize for outstanding academic records and academic engagement
    • Fellow of German National Academic Foundation
  • Matthias Meiner
    Matthias Meiner

    Co-Founder, Head of Flight Control

    • Former PhD candidate in robotics at TUM, Technical University Munich
    • Research at German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    • Winner “Jugend forscht“
    • Fellow of German National Academic Foundation
    • Forbes 30 under 30 leading innovator


  • Niklas Zennström
    Niklas Zennström

    Founder Atomico, Skype, Kazaa, Joost, Joltid

    Niklas Zennström is CEO and Founding Partner at Atomico. He is an experienced entrepreneur, having previously co-founded and managed globally successful technology companies including Skype, Kazaa, Joost and Joltid.

  • Frank Thelen
    Frank Thelen

    Founding Partner, e42

    Frank Thelen is a European serial entrepreneur and tech investor. Since he co-founded the venture capital firm e42 with Marc Sieberger and Alex Koch, he focuses on early-stage investments like Lilium, Wunderlist, myTaxi, kaufDA and others.

  • Christian Reber
    Christian Reber

    Founder, Wunderlist | Partner, e42 & Reber Capital

    Christian Reber founded Wunderlist, the world's leading task management service with 20+ million users. Wunderlist has been acquired by Microsoft in 2015, the same year he started his own investment firm Reber Capital and joined e42 as the 4th partner.

  • Alexander Asseily
    Alexander Asseily

    Founder, Jawbone & State

    Alexander Asseily is a technology entrepreneur and collaborator. He’s the founder of mobile technology company Jawbone, women’s wellness company Elvie and social network State. He’s also a partner to many companies globally including Azimo, Lilium, Improbable, Okta, Google DNI, and Atomico. BSc & MSc from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering.