Travel beyond 2020 – Supersonic flights

Some key themes

  • Supersonic passenger flights could resume as soon as 2023, giving business travelers back their most valuable asset—time.
  • Developing a supersonic airliner able to halve journey times for a price little different to a current business class fare would trigger mass demand.
  • While the new aircraft should be quieter and cause less pollution, they’ll still have a bigger environmental impact than passenger aircraft like the Boeing 787.
  • With hypersonic flight already under development, supersonic flight could quickly become yesterday’s technology.

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Following Concorde’s retirement in 2003, it’s been more than 15 years since a supersonic passenger aircraft last operated a commercial service. And yet travelers and travel companies continue to dream of supersonic travel. Read more

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