Aircraft leasing company Flexjet on Tuesday 17 November announced it has placed a firm order for 20 supersonic Aerion AS2 bizz jet aircraft, becoming the first to provide private travel faster than the speed of sound – or at least, planning to. The AS2 is currently being developed with the support of Airbus.
The Aerion AS2 business jet will have a top speed of Mach 1.5, which is 67 percent faster than the top cruise speeds of current or anticipated long-range subsonic jets. Carrying eight to twelve passengers, the AS2 will have an intercontinental-capable range of 4,750 nautical miles at supersonic speed, saving three hours across the Atlantic versus subsonic aircraft and more than six hours on longer trans-Pacific routes. The three-engine jet should see its first flight in 2021 and enter service in 2023.
Also on Tuesday, Flexjet stated that it has exercised options for 20 additional Challenger 350 business jets from Bombardier Aerospace bringing the total number of aircraft on order to 40.
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