Lilium To Announce Location Of First Electric Air Taxi Hub In South Florida This Spring

The South Florida area will be the first announced location for an electric air taxi hub to be built by a partnership between startup Lilium and Spanish infrastructure company Ferrovial.

An announcement on an exact location of a “vertiport” in South Florida is expected in Spring 2021, the companies announced last week.

Service is expected to begin in 2025.

Lilium’s five-seat aircraft uses 36 jets that swivel, allowing it to take off vertically and then fly forward like a normal jet.

A trip from Miami to Orlando would take about an hour. Shorter trips within the Miami area are expected to cost about as much as a limousine service for the same distance.

The company has already received $375 million in financing and has a valuation of over $1 billion. The former CEO of Airbus is on the company’s board.

 

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Azarius
1 month ago

This will be more popular than Brightline

Anonymous
1 month ago

agree

Anonymous
1 month ago

If it can compete on price and capacity, then yes. Though, I doubt that. Flying is relatively cheap within Europe but their trains are doing ok. At least they were in normal times.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The largest country in Europe is the size of Texas. Maybe that’s why.

Anonymous
1 month ago

People ride trains across Europe too tho. Miami to Orlando is a similar distance to what is traveled in Europe by train imo

Anonymous
1 month ago

I doubt that it will. The reason I say that is because Brightline trains have much more capacity which means a less much less wait time.

Azarius
1 month ago

Yeah but Miami’s all about hype even it’s tech boom

Anonymous
1 month ago

Azarius.. I’m going to rewrite your sentence, so take note:

Yeah, but Miami’s all about hype, even it’s tech boom!

Now, doesn’t that look better?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wouldn’t the proper word be “its” and not “it’s”? Grammar police still need to check themselves.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Actually, no. The tech boom belongs to Miami…it is Miami’s tech boom. So it’s is correct.

Avian flatus
1 month ago

Even it is tech boom…. Lol…. Actually, pull my finger

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol…I love this site. It used to be about real estate, construction, the growth and development of Miami. Now, it’s a place to come and bitch and put people down.

Azarius
1 month ago

Plus it’ll get you there in a hour, even if it cost 3x’s this will be a popular service just for the experience

Anonymous
1 month ago

Except it only carries 5 passengers.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Until it starts falling out of the sky. Too many thunder storms in the summer for this thing to be safe.

Avian flatus
1 month ago

A pelican could fart into the jet turbines and make the thing crash and kill everybody dead.

Anonymous
1 month ago

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

I hope Metromover gets extended to wherever they decide to lay their egg

Anonymous
1 month ago

Well they both do have a meagre of capacity and will do little to alleviate our transit and traffic problems.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Life insurance not included

Anonymous
1 month ago

PRO TIP: Open a kiosk at the entry of the terminal and sell that Life Insurance.

Jesus
1 month ago

Brightline should’ve been built to go faster. Good for them to build residential buildings just in case.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why, 125mph isn’t fast enough for you?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wonder what area it will be built at, probably near opa locka.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How about on top of the Brightline Central station in downtown Miami?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The buildings already there dont have root platforms

Danny Costa
1 month ago

Land it on the top of the spire at Legacy Hotel & Residences.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Cool concept. Just one more option for travel. Will be interesting to see how the pricing is

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’ve never seen a town more about fluff, looks, announcements, eye catchers, and events than substance. Just trying so hard to do the most it comes off as covering up for inadequacies. Just chill and take care of the basics. It will come back to haunt. Most solid global cities had strong foundations before they piled the extracurriculars on top. Even LA had tons of industry (aerospace, etc.) alongside the Hollywood stuff – contrary to what most people might think.

Fernando Gomez
1 month ago

Cool way to get from downtown to Miami Beach. Have a air taxi station downtown and one on Miami Beach.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And oh yea, Hollywood is actually a real solid industry that hits it out the park so I shouldn’t even mention them in that regard – so sorry about that. There might be excess and BS among it (which industry doesn’t – check Wall Street for instance) but it is a solid industry that rakes in billions.

William
1 month ago

My guess will be somewhere in Broward, maybe even just PB. Unless they update it’s range capabilities, it’s currently limited to a max of about 186 miles. Weather conditions could change that, for better or worse, but they have to plan for that. On top of this, the flight path from Lake Nona, which they’ve already announced, conflicts with airspace from other airports, like MCO and FLL. So there might be some FAA vectoring which will eat up additional battery usage. Lastly, they’ll need to keep some reserve energy for alternates and emergencies, just like regular airplanes do.

So I don’t see them getting into Dade. But best case based on what they’ve said, long shot would be Aventura near the mall and the newly announced Brightline station. Or perhaps the Golden Glades interchange for the trains and buses. Lots of land and options there for a Verti-Port. I see no real likelihood of near Opa-Locka. Just nothing there really. 826 is a mess. No commercial air service from that airport. Honestly, think it may be closer to FLL, though. It’s a safer and more logical first location.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why not just use helicopters? And if the answer is helicopters cost more, I’m curious why these would be any cheaper.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This and helicopters will both be for rich people to get around.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is fixed wing and goes faster.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Will this be chosen over Boring Company Tunnels?

Anonymous
1 month ago

This and the boring company are catering to two different things, tunnels for cars which tens of thousands will use in a day and this is for flying with probably only dozens or hundreds of people being flown a day.

Anonymous G
1 month ago

Cool concept. Doubt it will happen. Just another fantasy like Musk’s tunnels.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yep, just another glittering trinket to fawn over.