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Saudia to Purchase 100 Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing Aircraft from Lilium
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) is set to introduce air taxis to transport Haj and Umrah pilgrims between King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and hotels in Makkah. Saudia plans to acquire 100 all-electric Lilium Jets, the German electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, as a significant step towards sustainable air mobility.
Abdullah Al Shahrani, the Director of Corporate Communications and Spokesman of the Saudia Group shared that the airline is gearing up to incorporate air taxis as a novel mode of transportation during the Haj season. The Lilium Jets, capable of carrying four to six passengers, boast a maximum range of 250 km, providing an efficient and time-saving alternative for pilgrim flights. The aircraft’s innovative cabin design allows various seat arrangements to enhance passenger comfort.
The Saudia Group has agreed to procure 100 Lilium Jets, intending to deploy them between Jeddah airport and airstrips near Makkah hotels, including those near the Grand Mosque and other sacred sites. With zero operating emissions, the Lilium Jet aligns with Saudi Arabia’s commitment to sustainable air mobility development.
In addition to the aircraft acquisition, Saudia will collaborate with Lilium to navigate the regulatory approval processes in the country, ensuring the certification of the Lilium Jet and obtaining other necessary regulatory clearances. As the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, Saudia presently serves a vast network of over 100 domestic and international destinations, upholding its renowned standards of service and hospitality.
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