When you think of business-class flights, you immediately picture enormous Boeing 747s, spacious seating and delicious meals. In short, it seems like the ideal way to fly. There couldn’t possible be a way to beat that, could there? Well, it would seem as if several aerospace engineers would beg to differ. Aerion and Lockheed Martin have teamed up to create the world’s first business-class supersonic jet.
In recent years, several aerospace corporations have been looking into bringing the supersonic jet to the masses. Within the next 10 years or so, supersonic commercial flight will be a reality. But Lockheed Martin and Aerion are looking beyond that and focusing their attention on a very specific type of client.
The two major companies are forming a partnership in order to create the world’s first supersonic business jet. Aerion has been working on this project for quite some time now, having worked with multiple high-profile aerospace players in the process (Airbus and GE Aviation). However, it is now working exclusively with Lockheed Martin on all future projects related to the jet.
Lockheed Martin will handle the engine specifics while Aerion will take over the design. According to Aerion, the plane should be ready for commercial flight by 2023. But Lockheed and Aerion have some stiff competition. It seems as though there are multiple companies looking to become the first in commercial supersonic aviation. Spike Aerospace recently completed a test flight for its model supersonic jet, claiming that it will be ready for a full-scale test flight by 2021. And NASA is looking to make its own commercial supersonic jets by 2021; the aerospace organization has teamed up with none other than Lockheed Martin to achieve these goals.
Maybe Aerion and Lockheed’s supersonic business jet would be more appealing if it weren’t for such a niche audience, however, the prospect of commercial supersonic travel gets me excited for the potential.