The prospect of designing a supersonic business jet that meets market requirements and environmental noise constraints at a price that will attract buyers remains compelling, and research continues. The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently signed an agreement to research SSBJ sonic boom mitigation with Rolls-Royce Deutschland and Gulfstream Aerospace.
Supersonic business jet
Aerion and international sales distributor ExecuJet Aviation Group last month at the Singapore Airshow secured letters of intent for three more Aerion supersonic business jets from the first customers from India. This takes the total pledged LOIs for the SSBJ to $2 billion, based on the SSBJ’s $80 million price tag.
Aerion now has commitments covering at least 20 of its proposed supersonic business jet (SSBJ) since it started signing letters of intent with prospective customers in November. The letters of intent come from 20 different clients in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America; operators committing to the program most recently include Pakistan-based executive charter firm Princely Jets and an undisclosed customer from India.
In an exclusive interview with AIN, Aerion vice chairman Brian Barents discussed why he believes it’s time to bring a supersonic business jet to market. “People have approached the subject over a number of years, trying to marry technology with a guaranteed return on investment, without success,” he said.
The void in the aeronautical spectrum created by the retirement of the Anglo-French Concorde fleet in October last year stands to be filled by two supersonic business jet (SSBJ) programs that were unveiled at last month’s NBAA Convention.
Aerion announced in London today that it has received commitments covering at least 20 of its proposed $80 million supersonic business jets (SSBJ) since it started signing letters of intent with prospective customers last month.
Reno, Nev.-based Aerion on Sunday announced at the Dubai Air Show that it is now accepting letters of intent for a “limited number” of early delivery positions for its 12-seat supersonic business jet (SSBJ). “Market demand has driven our decision to begin accepting deposits,” said company vice chairman Brian Barents.
Aerion has started accepting letters of intent for the first 80 delivery positions of its projected supersonic business jet and has appointed Zurich-headquartered ExecuJet Aviation to offer half of them to customers outside the Americas. The first delivery position went to prominent Saudi businessman, Dr. Tarek bin Laden, who is expected at the airshow today.
Business aircraft cabin specialist Infusion Design has long preferred a low profile. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Kansas City-based firm is happily stepping out of the shadow of anonymity, most recently with designs for Spectrum’s Freedom S-40 and Adam Aircraft’s A700 mockups, as well as concept designs for Aerion’s supersonic business jet proposal.
Supersonic Aerospace (SAI) and Aerion continue their quest to bring a speedy yet environmentally friendly supersonic business jet to market.