Business travellers frequently notching up the air miles will no doubt be looking forward to 2023.
That’s when Boeing reckons it’s first supersonic business jet will be ready to take to the skies.
The US company has said it will partner with manufacturer Aerion Supersonic to create the beast, which will be capable of flying at Mach 1.4 – roughly 1,000mph.
In a press release Boeing stated it will provide engineering, manufacturing and flight test resources, as well as strategic vertical content, to bring the Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet to market.
Along with the partnership, Boeing said it ‘made a significant investment in Aerion’ although the companies did not disclose financial terms of the agreement.
That investment will help Aerion ‘accelerate technology development and aircraft design,’ Boeing said
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,’ Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt said in a statement
Until recently, Aerion was partnered with Lockheed Martin, which also provided technical support, but that alliance has been severed for undisclosed reasons.
Prices haven’t been discussed.