Dear Lilium shareholders,
An important phase has begun at Lilium, with the start of our eVTOL Jet's industrialization phase. My joining Lilium as CEO couldn't have come at a better time.
I am an executive with 30 years' experience in aerospace, most recently as Head of the A320 family Program and Head of Services at Airbus. In these roles, I led the development, certification, production ramp-up, and operational deployment of the most successful large commercial aircraft in history.
Along the way, I got to know first-hand the importance of safety, customer-focus and unit economics. I have also experienced the "manufacturing hell" of ramping up the production of large complex aircraft.
So why am I so excited to join Lilium and how will I contribute to the mission?
It all starts with the aircraft itself, its unique architecture, and the electric jet propulsion technology behind it. Quite simply, I'm convinced that the Lilium Jet will be the best aircraft in its class. I also believe this unique eVTOL architecture has been rigorously conceived and validated. Its ducted-jet technology makes it suitable for multiple use cases including premium customers, commercial shuttles, cargo and other applications we have yet to develop. It is both versatile and scalable to larger form-factors, and I strongly believe it will form the basis for a complete product family. It also features multiple ground-breaking new technologies that may spin off into other sectors.
Furthermore, decarbonization is one of the great challenges of our times and the aerospace industry needs to face that head on. I am convinced that the Lilium Jet is one critical step in aviation's shift to a sustainable and exciting future. The experience we are building today in electric propulsion, flight mechanics and aerospace -grade batteries will contribute to transforming the world of aviation.
I am very much looking forward to steering the company through this next decisive phase. I also wish to thank our co-founder and former CEO Daniel Wiegand for being a great partner to me over the last couple of months. I am excited that he's back to what he loves best, leading Lilium's future technology as Chief Engineer for Innovation & Future Programs. While working with Daniel to chart this future, let me assure you that I will remain laser-focused on operational excellence, engineering execution and cost discipline as we move ahead milestone by milestone towards our commercial launch.
1 Formal role of CEO to become effective upon shareholder approval at General Meeting on October 27, 2022.
Business Update | Q2 2022