Those fortunate few who park Gullfstream jets in their personal hangars may develop a serious case of air envy after catching a glimpse of the world's first private supersonic jet, slowly taxiing toward official takeoff in 2023. The Aerion AS2 is a triple-engined supersonic airplane crafted in cooperation with Airbus that uses Supersonic Natural Laminar Flow, a wicked piece of space-age technology developed by DARPA and tested by NASA. The needle-nosed AS2 just scored a firm 20-unit order from Flexjet, a luxury aircraft company based in Texas.
Strictly something for the elite toyboxes of global billionaires or enterprising sci-fi bloggers, this futuristic jet can hit a top speed of Mach 1.5 and slice the normal flight time from London to New York from eight hours down to a mere five and a half. The Aerion AS2 business jet will carry eight to 12 passengers and have an intercontinental-capable range of 4,750 nautical miles at supersonic speed. Now under development by Aerion in collaboration with Airbus Group, the AS2 is expected to make its first flight in 2021 and enter service in 2023.
Strap in and take a look at this ultra-luxurious new way to travel faster than the speed of sound..
“The Aerion AS2 is a genuine game-changer for international travel, providing the world’s only commercially available supersonic transportation, enabling travelers to have breakfast with their family in New York, enjoy a business lunch in London and be back home to help their children with their homework,” said Michael Silvestro, Flexjet’s Chief Executive Officer. “The Aerion AS2, together with our Global Access international program, will accelerate our evolution towards becoming the world leader in providing long-range private jet travel.”
Does this look like the ultimate machine to experience the wild blue yonder in?