The supersonic business jet Aerion AS2, also called ‘Son of Concorde’, designed by Aerion Corporation in collaboration with Airbus is scheduled to be available commercially in 2023. The aircraft is designed around the concept of Supersonic Natural Laminar Flow that reduces drag by 90%.
With a speed of Mach 1.5 over water, the AS2 will be able to travel from Tokyo to San Francisco in merely 6 hours vs. the usual 9+, and carry 12 people comfortably in its spacious interiors.
Initially announced in September 2014, the estimated $120 million aircraft, is expected to begin test flights as early as 2019. Last month, Flexjet placed an order for 20 AS2s valued at $2.4 billion. CEO Kenn Ricci stated that the company plans to use the cutting-edge aircraft for overseas flights as well as for China, which does not have restrictions on sonic booms.
Delta World Charter is excited and looks forward to this revolution in the aviation industry.
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