Boeing Aims to ‘Unlock Supersonic Travel’
by Traveleads | February 8, 2019 | In The Air Latest News
The world’s largest aerospace company announced it would be partnering with Aerion Supersonic as it looks to tap into rising demand for high-end aircraft that can reduce travel times. Reports state that it could slash trans-Atlantic journey times by 3 hours.
Boeing will provide engineering, manufacturing and flight testing services for Aerion’s $120 million (£93 million) supersonic business jet, which is slated for its first flight in 2023. Boeing said that it had made “a significant investment” in Aerion, and will provide engineering, manufacturing and flight test resources, as well as “strategic vertical content”, to bring the company’s AS2 supersonic business jet to market.
The jet, the Aerion AS2, can fly at speeds of up to Mach 1.4, or about 1,000mph (1,610kph), 70 per cent faster than conventional business jets. Aerion introduced its AS2 12-passenger business jet design in 2014 and unveiled the AS2’s GE Affinity engine design in 2018.
Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt, said: ‘Boeing is leading a mobility transformation that will safely and efficiently connect the world faster than ever before.
‘Through this partnership that combines Aerion’s supersonic expertise with Boeing’s global industrial scale and commercial aviation experience, we have the right team to build the future of sustainable supersonic flight.’
While Tom Vice, chairman, president and chief executive officer, of Aerion added: ‘Aerion is the industry leader mapping out a successful, sustainable return to supersonic flight. The AS2 is the launch point for the future of regulatory-compliant and efficient supersonic flight.’