Finally, a supersonic airliner to replace the Concorde
It may not fly as fast as the Concorde, but it’s a start.
Aerion Corporation, a Nevada-based aerospace firm, is joining forces with Airbus to build the Aerion AS2, a slim-bodied supersonic jet that can whisk business travelers from Washington, DC to Paris in just five hours, at an average speed of Mach 1.2.
In comparison, the Concorde (before it was retired) made the same flight in 3 hours and 32 minutes, while a non-supersonic airliner does it in about eight. On average, Aerion estimates that the AS2 will fly about 50 percent faster than a regular plane, and use less fuel to boot.
And while it looks pretty damn slick from the outside, turns out the interior is equally as sexy. The business class cabin accommodates up to 11 people, and each seat is fully reclinable. The big question is, how much will one of those sleeper seats set you back?
No matter, it's still fun to look at. Here are a few design renderings...