Currently, it takes more than nine hours to fly from Los Angeles to Tokyo on a commercial plane.
However, by the end of the decade, that time could be reduced to just two and a half hours if the vision of Florida-based supersonic jet firm Aerion becomes a reality.
This week it revealed a ‘first glimpse’ of his AS3TM airliner, designed to carry up to 50 passengers at speeds up to ‘Mach 4+’ – or at least 3,000 mph.
Florida-based supersonic jet firm Aerion has unveiled a ‘first glimpse’ of its AS3TM airliner, designed to carry up to 50 passengers at speeds up to ‘Mach 4+’ – or at least 3,000 mph
The aircraft’s range would be approximately 8,000 miles.
Aerion said conceptual and design work for the jet was underway, “ built around input from potential customers. ”
The AS3TM will, the company said, “contain revolutionary technological advancements to improve efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of supersonic flight.”
Earlier this year, Aerion expanded its ongoing partnership with Nasa’s Langley Research Center, ‘with the intention of accelerating the realization of commercial high-speed flights and faster point-to-point travel, particularly by studying commercial flights at Mach 3. 5 range ‘.
Aerion’s Chairman, President and CEO, Tom Vice, said: “At Aerion, our vision is to build a future where humanity can travel between two points on our planet within three hours. Supersonic flight is the starting point, but it is just that – the beginning.
‘To truly revolutionize global mobility as we know it today, we need to push the boundaries of what’s possible. The AS3TM represents the next step in our long-term technology roadmap and will bring Aerion’s high Mach flight capacity to a wider audience. We look forward to sharing more about our design later this year. ‘
Before the AS3TM takes to the air, Aerion plans to launch its 1,000 mph AS2 business jet.
The arrival of a new era of commercial supersonic travel is approaching, with Aerion breaking new ground at a state-of-the-art global headquarters (pictured) for its supersonic business jet, the AS2, next to Orlando Melbourne International Airport
The AS2 has covered the equivalent of 78,000 nautical miles in wind tunnel test flights
AERION AS2: FAST FACTS
Supersonic cruising speed: Mach 1.4 (approximately 1,000 mph)
Subsonic cruising speed: Mach 0.95 (728 mph)
Length: 148.5 ft (45.2 m)
Width: 87ft (26.5m)
Height: 29.5 ft (8.9 m)
Capacity: 8-10 passengers
This year, the company broke ground on a state-of-the-art global headquarters where the aircraft will be built, tested, modified and eventually launched for service from 2027.
Aerion Park in Melbourne, Florida, will produce 300 of the jets.
Mr. Vice told MailOnline Travel: “Aerion Park will be a fully integrated aerospace design, research and manufacturing campus. We will have all the key elements to build the entire aircraft on site, as well as the technical flight test headquarters so that we can test the AS2 directly from the site and in the surrounding airspace. Our next major milestone is to bring the AS2 to production in 2023, starting flight tests in 2025 and commissioning in 2027. All the puzzle pieces fall into place in the planning we need. ‘
The park will be huge, covering more than 110 acres, with the buildings alone covering two million square feet, the size of 14 football fields, Mr Vice said.
Aerion isn’t the only player in the supersonic market – US start-ups Boom Supersonic and Spike Aerospace are also working on reintroducing supersonic passenger travel.
But Mr. Vice believes Aerion is the leader of the supersonic jetpack.
He said, “I really believe Aerion is the leader. We welcome all efforts to support a supersonic flight reintroduction, but given the proven design, industrial team of supply partners, future manufacturing site and investment backing supporting our business, we fully expect to be the first supersonic aircraft to be commercially available in 51 years. is put into use. and the world’s first supersonic corporate jet.
The team behind the AS2 consists of Boeing, GE, Spirit Aerosystems, Safran, BAE, Honeywell, Aernnova, GKN and Raytheon Technologies
“ We firmly believe that speed and environmental care need not be mutually exclusive and with the first certified aircraft to run on 100 percent synthetic / carbon-captured fuel – part of our commitment to be carbon neutral from flight one – we believe the AS2 will set a new course for the future of air travel. ‘
He added that “ significant ” progress has been made in getting the AS2 into production by 2023.
Mr. Vice points out that the team behind the AS2 is made up of the world’s biggest names in aerospace including Boeing, GE, Spirit Aerosystems, Safran, BAE, Honeywell, Aernnova, GKN and Raytheon Technologies ”. They will collaborate with Aerion in the design and manufacture of the aircraft.
The AS2 has covered the equivalent of 78,000 nautical miles in wind tunnel test flights.