We have seen the future of air taxis, and it includes the Lilium Jet. The company’s commercial air taxi service is set to launch in 2025, but they have just successfully completed yet another test flight in which the aircraft takes off vertically and then accelerates up to a speed of 40 mph, while ascending at 300 feet per minute. It then performs a 20-degree bank angle turn, increases the bank angle to 30 degrees, descends at 300 ft per minute, and lastly performs another banked turn before vertically landing.
This three-minute flight was part to test how it controlled and how the aircraft behaved during banked turns. Since the first phase of testing is complete, the next focus will be on the complete transition to wing-borne flight, which involves the shifting the 12 flaps through 0º to direct airflow over the wings. The production model is expected to have a cruise speed of of up to 186 mph.