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Thomas Enders, a former chief executive of aviation giant Airbus, is joining the board of a fledgling flying taxi company.

Enders’s appointment is a coup for Lilium, a Munich-based company that has pioneered the use of small electric jet engines to power its prototype five-seat flying vehicles, which take-off and land vertically and are intended for short-hop intercity flights of up to 150 miles.

The former Airbus executive praised Lilium’s “pioneering spirit, innovation and entrepreneurial courage,” in a statement. He said that the company’s use of small electric turbo-fan powered jets made Lilium’s aircraft quieter and smaller than competing designs from rival companies or helicopters. He also noted that the company had been working closely with European air safety regulators to ensure certification of its aircraft.

Enders’ joining Lilium’s board is a sign of the growing maturity of flying car startups. Once considered something out of science fiction, efforts to build companies around flying taxis have attracted serious interest from investors, entrepreneurs, and aerospace engineers during the past five …read more

Source:: Fortune.com – Tech


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