NetJets Could Buy 20 Supersonic Aircraft
With production still at least two years away, supersonic aircraft developer Aerion already has an order backlog worth about $10 billion now that NetJets, the world’s largest private jet company, just signed an agreement that includes purchase options for 20 Aerion AS2 supersonic business jets.
Powered by General Electric’s new Affinity engine, the Aerion AS2 is expected to have a top speed of Mach 1.4 with a supersonic flight range of 4,200 nautical miles. The avionics suite is being developed in collaboration with Honeywell.
“Our strategy is to connect the very best partners in the world within a new mobility ecosystem optimized for speed and founded on sustainability,” said Aerion CEO Tom Vice.
Aerion is looking to begin production of the AS2 at a planned facility in Melbourne, Florida, sometime in 2023.