Supersonic private jet charter took one more step closer last week, with an announcement at NBAA (the world’s biggest business aviation conference) that Aerion – one of front runners in supersonic jets – has received its first major order for its AS2 supersonic business jet from a charter fleet operator.
Aerion made a big step forward in 2014 when they joined forces with aerospace giant Airbus. This order now means they will be “the first to market with a supersonic business jet.”
And now one major fleet operator will be the first to offer its customers supersonic capability via charter – with an order of not one, but 20 AS2s for their fleet.
Kenn Ricci, founder of operator Directional Aviation, said: “We have been looking at supersonic aircraft for a long time and we want to continue to be at the forefront of business aviation.”
The AS2 aims to fly at Mach 1.5 over water, and carry up to 12 passengers. It will have a range of 4,750 nautical miles and promises to cover London to New York in just over four hours (instead of the usual seven).
While this is an exciting and bold statement coming from the two companies, there is still a lot of work left to be done before the supersonic jet can officially take flight. Aerion is predicting the aircraft’s first flight to take place in 2021, and entering service in 2023. We’ll be waiting…
While you may not be able to charter a supersonic jet just yet, you can contact us or call our 24 hour Flight team at +44 1747 642 777, for advice on the fastest aircraft available for your next trip.