Flying taxi start-up plans to create ‘hundreds’ of London tech jobs

Jun 12, 2019 · ft.com

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Lilium, a Munich-based flying taxi start-up, plans to create "hundreds of high-end software engineering roles" at its new London hub over the next five years, in a boost to the UK capital’s technology sector. 

The announcement on Tuesday comes just weeks after Lilium revealed its all-electric, five-seater prototype taxi, which takes off and lands vertically. Powered by 36 engines, Lilium said it has a range of 300km in one charge and a top speed of 300km/hr. Its flying taxis will be able to ferry passengers from London to Manchester in under an hour, according to the company’s website. 

"We are one of very few companies in our sector that wants to both produce air taxis and then operate them day-to-day," said Daniel Wiegand, chief executive.

Lilium, founded in 2015, has also appointed three new senior executives with the goal of making the group’s services "fully operational in several cities around the world by 2025".

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