The AS2 business jet can travel at 1,000 mph © Aerion Supersonic
The AS2 business jet can travel at 1,000 mph © Aerion Supersonic

Boeing and Aerion partner on first supersonic business jet

Boeing has partnered with Aerion to bring the first supersonic business jet to the market.

The AS2 supersonic business jet, originally designed in 2014 by Aerion, will fly at speeds of approximately 1,000 mph, 70% faster than current business jets on the market.

Scheduled for launch in 2023, the AS2 will save around 3hr on a transatlantic flight while also complying with environmental requirements.

As part of the agreement Boeing will provide engineering, manufacturing, flight testing, as well as access to its supply chain resources. The aerospace company will also provide financial investments to Aerion to "accelerate technology development and aircraft design, and unlock supersonic air travel for new markets".

Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt, said: "This is a strategic and disciplined leading-edge investment in further maturing supersonic technology. 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."  

Aerion, a US company specialising in aerodynamic technologies for supersonic aircrafts, introduced the 12-passenger AS2 business jet design in 2014, and revealed the AS2 GE Affinity engine design in 2018.

Tom Vice, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Aerion, said: "The AS2 is the launch point for the future of regulatory-compliant and efficient supersonic flight. Together with Boeing, we're creating a faster, more connected future with tremendous possibilities for enhancing humanity's productivity and potential."  

Boeing NeXt works with industry partners and regulatory agencies to introduce new technology, including programmes around autonomous air vehicles and passenger-carrying hypersonic aircraft.

In a separate development, Boeing has entered into a $2.4bn contract with the US Navy to provide 19 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. Under the Foreign Military Sales process, the UK and Norway will receive nine of these. The UK will receive its first P-8A Poseidon aircraft this year, and Norway will begin receiving aircraft in 2021.

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