Aerion has been pioneering novel technology since 2003 to perfect supersonic flight. Currently, Aerion is collaborating with Lockheed Martin and GE Aviation to develop the world’s very first supersonic business jet, so you can grab your suitcase and shoot across the country in comfort to knock out meetings and presentations.
The AS2 jet indeed sets the pace, making an enormous leap in speed capability, as this supersonic jet can hit Mach 1.4, or 1,000mph. Utilizing ‘Boomless Cruise,’ this jet is capable of flight at speeds approaching Mach 1.2, depending on certain details, including temperature and wind. Thanks to the AS2’s thin wing design and horizontal stabilizer, friction drag over the wing is cut down by 70%, making for a very efficient, smooth ride. In theory, you can shave a good three hour chunk off a transatlantic flight and a little over six off a trans-Pacific trip. Taking a look inside, there’s two comfy seating areas, a large galley, a full-width aft lavatory and even a walk-in baggage area. Flights are expected to start in 2023.