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F or decades, time-constrained executives
have relied on business jets to make the
best use of their time. However, new
options are on the horizon – from supersonic
aircraft to electric vertical take-off and landing
(eVTOL) vehicles that could speed up the last few
miles from the airport to the meeting place.
“There is a demand for these technologies
in the business marketplace and a whole host
of reputable companies are investing in these
technologies, so they recognise the demand,”
says Dan Hubbard, senior vice president of
communications at NBAA.
That demand is driving the development of
two supersonic business jets, dozens of eVTOLs
and a few flying cars. The supersonic business jets
in development are both by US firms – Aerion
with its AS2 and Spike Aerospace with its S-512.
The AS2 is being developed to offer a range of
4,200 nautical miles (7,778km) at Mach 1.4,
carrying 12 passengers. Meanwhile, the S-512 is
targeting a cruise speed of Mach 1.6 and a range
of 5,580 nautical miles (10,334km), with capacity
for 18 passengers.
AERION IS DEVELOPING THE
AS2 SUPERSONIC JET TO
ENTER SERVICE IN 2026