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Aerion moves ahead with the designing of the supersonic jet

Dal Kikin
April 4, 2019

Aerion’s business jet AS2, with a $120 million list price per jet, would be capable of running on synthetic paraffinic kerosene (SPK) biofuel, CEO Tom Vice said at a Wings Club event in New York. Founded in 2003 to develop new, more efficient aerodynamic technologies for supersonic aircraft, Aerion introduced its AS2 12-passenger business jet design in 2014.

We believe that running biofuels will reduce our CO2 emissions by at least 40 percent,” Vice said.

Existing subsonic aircraft use a blend of biofuels and conventional jet kerosene to ensure the quality of the fuel does not harm the engine. Aerion’s plane would have an engine designed with seals that could handle the biofuel, he adds.

The AS2 is designed to accommodate up to 12 persons and to fly at speeds up to Mach 1.4 or approximately 1,000 miles per hour. With the ability to fly up to 70 percent faster than today’s business jets, the AS2 will save approximately three hours on a transatlantic flight while meeting environmental performance requirements.

Aerion is the industry leader mapping out a successful, sustainable return to supersonic flight,” said Tom Vice. “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.

Earlier in February Boeing has announced a partnership with Aerion. As part of the agreement, Boeing made a significant investment in Aerion to accelerate technology development and aircraft design, and unlock supersonic air travel for new markets

Then Aerion Corporation and Spirit AeroSystems have entered into a collaboration agreement for the preliminary design of the AS2’s forward, pressurized fuselage.

Joining a project team this early allows us to apply our technical expertise and commercial best practices to make the most positive impact,” said Tom Gentile, President, and CEO, Spirit AeroSystems. “We can create cost-efficient, innovative engineering solutions that take into account Spirit’s highly efficient manufacturing processes. We are proud to be selected by Aerion for this program and look forward to contributing to the success of this groundbreaking new airplane.

The Aerion company in general calls for new global standards for planes as for now The United Nations’ aviation agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which sets global standards is not committed to creating new standards for the supersonic planes, but they said they would study supersonic jets.

Aerion supersonic jet’s first flight is scheduled for 2023.

@Photos by Aerion Supersonic