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
8 months ago

This will be more popular than Brightline

Anonymous
8 months ago

agree

Anonymous
8 months 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
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months 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
8 months 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
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months 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
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months ago

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

Avian flatus
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months 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
8 months 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
8 months ago

Except it only carries 5 passengers.

Anonymous
8 months ago

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

Avian flatus
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months ago

lol…

Anonymous
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months ago

Life insurance not included

Anonymous
8 months ago

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

Jesus
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months ago

The buildings already there dont have root platforms

Danny Costa
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months 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
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months 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
8 months 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
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months ago

This is fixed wing and goes faster.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Will this be chosen over Boring Company Tunnels?

Anonymous
8 months 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
8 months ago

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

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yep, just another glittering trinket to fawn over.