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- NetJets, a leader in private aviation and fractional ownership, acquired the rights to 20 AS2 supersonic jets from manufacturer Aerion.
- With each aircraft priced at $ 120 million, the total value of the deal is $ 2.4 billion and increases Aerion’s global order backlog to over $ 10 billion.
- The order announcement came with the news that NetJets and Aerion are partnering with FlightSafety International to create a new global high-speed training academy for AS2 pilots.
- The AS2 will seat 8 to 12 passengers and travel at a top speed of Mach 1.4 (1,000+ mph) and reach London from New York in 4.5 hours. (The current travel time between these cities is around 7 hours.)
- The AS2 will break the sound barrier, but with Aerion’s Boomless Cruise TM technology – which takes advantage of an atmospheric phenomenon known as Mach Cut Off to break the sound barrier from the denser and warmer layers of air – the AS2 will reach supersonic speeds above ground without reaching a harmful ‘boom’ to ground.
- Production of the supersonic AS2 is scheduled to begin in 2023 at the new Aerion plant in Melbourne, Florida, with the first flights in early 2025.