We have always wanted to get to other places faster. This need for innovation and overcoming previously unattainable limits is almost linked to human nature. That principle applies to all of our behavior and especially when it comes to transportation.
Fortunately, during the last century, we have taken a gigantic leap in quality when it comes to transporting people, from cars, huge cruise ships, high-speed trains, and of course: airplanes.
Commercial flight routes cover almost the entire planet but depending on the distances, some flights can be incredibly long. The longest nonstop flight in the world is currently from New York to Singapore, covering almost 9,500 miles continuously in a grueling almost 19 hours.
Supersonic Flights Will Change The Travel Industry Forever
Now, an American aeronautical engineering company called Aerion has announced its plans to build a series of supersonic aircrafts.
Among the proposed models is the AS3, an aircraft that will be able to reduce the flight time from Los Angeles to Tokyo from almost 10 hours to less than 3 hours. Using incredible technology and in alliance with NASA, the manufacturers of this impressive machine claim that it will be able to fly more than 7,000 nautical miles and it will transport at least 50 people. It will probably be operational by the end of the decade.
The other proposed aircraft will be slightly “slower” and will be able to fly from New York to London in less than 5 hours, reducing 3 hours from the current flight time. This aircraft, the AS2, is proposed to start test flights in 2024 and be put on the market in 2026.
“Our vision is to build a future where humanity can travel between any two points on our planet within three hours. Supersonic flight is the starting point, but it is just that – the beginning. To truly revolutionize global mobility as we know it today, we must push the boundaries of what is possible ” said Aerion’s Chairman, President & CEO, Tom Vice.
The last time that the airline industry tried to enter the market of supersonic flights was with the Concorde, an aircraft that was operational between 1976 and 2003 that stopped working due to its high environmental impact and its very high operating cost.
But this time Aerion claims to have learned from that previous experience and the manufacture of its supersonic aircraft will be at a lower cost and with fewer emissions of greenhouse gases. In fact, among their plans is the construction of a hybrid plane.