Boeing has made what it describes as a
"significant" investment in Aerion, a Reno, Nev.-based company
pioneering next-generation supersonic aircraft.
As part of the
partnership, Boeing will provide engineering, manufacturing and
flight test resources, as well as strategic vertical content, to
bring Aerionís AS2 supersonic business jet to market.
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
leading a mobility transformation that will safely and efficiently
connect the world faster than ever before,Ē said Steve Nordlund,
vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt. ďThis is a strategic and disciplined leading-edge investment in
further maturing supersonic technology. Through this partnership
that combines Aerionís supersonic expertise with Boeingís global
industrial scale and commercial aviation experience, we have the
right team to build the future of sustainable supersonic flight.Ē
The AS2 is designed 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 todayís business jets, the AS2
will save approximately three hours on a transatlantic flight
while meeting environmental performance requirements. The aircraft
is slated for first flight in 2023.
Founded in 2003 to develop new, more efficient
aerodynamic technologies for supersonic aircraft, Aerion
introduced its AS2 12-passenger business jet design in 2014. The
company unveiled the AS2ís GE Affinity engine design in 2018.
ďAerion is the industry leader mapping out a
successful, sustainable return to supersonic flight,Ē said Tom
Vice, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Aerion.
ďThe AS2 is the launch point for the future of
regulatory-compliant and efficient supersonic flight. Together
with Boeing, weíre creating a faster, more connected future with
tremendous possibilities for enhancing humanityís productivity and