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Has the Billionaire Space Race Set a New Precedent for the Aerospace Industry?

In 1969, the United States won the space race when Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon. Space travel is picking up again, but it’s not nations racing for the stars — it’s billionaires. Within two weeks of each other, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Virgin Group’s Richard Branson both breached Earth’s atmosphere, and they’re not the only ones aiming for the stars. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has already sent a car into space and is reportedly reserving an interstellar ticket aboard Virgin Galactic. So, is the sky really the limit for billionaires?

The billionaire forefathers of the next space race

There are several key players in today’s space race, with Elon Musk’s SpaceX project leading the pack. While Bezos’s Blue Origin and Branson’s Virgin Galactic have made great strides in terms of civilian space travel, they’ve stayed suborbital — running behind Musk’s SpaceX achievements as the company prepares to launch an all-civilian orbital mission within months.

Dubbed Inspiration4, the mission is an ambitions 3-day journey funded by billionaire Jared Isaacman as a charity project for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It’s set to be the first crewed orbital mission without government employees onboard. Isaacman, along with a trained jet pilot, will command the mission. Currently, seats aboard Inspiration4 cost approximately $50 million each.

Compared to the moon landing in 1969, space travel is much less restrictive today. Technology is advancing at a rapid rate and allowing those with the financial means to build their own craft and achieve successful, highly-celebrated excursions beyond Earth’s atmosphere. The door is wide open for companies like SpaceX to transport wealthy individuals on joyrides into space.

Private aviation’s role in a race to the stars

With these forays into space by private entities, is it possible for airframe manufacturers like Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer or other well-known companies to get in on the action of commercial space travel?

It’s possible, but not likely — at least not yet. But leading companies are considering it. If Musk’s September launch and Bezos’s crewed flights succeed, it’s likely space tourism flights will begin sooner than we think. It’ll be a fierce competition with many eyes watching — including the world’s leading private airframe manufacturers. It’s not a huge leap to think companies like Bombardier, Dassault, or Embraer will soon become players in a commercialized space race — likely in partnership with its billionaire forefathers.

The space race is on (again)

If there’s one takeaway from today’s space race, it is this: Taking to the skies — and even breaching orbit — is coming within reach for a larger number of people. A little bit closer to Earth, private jet travel is giving more people more access to travel for business, leisure, and personal exploration. Everyone is climbing the ladder, and the next rung up is just above Earth’s atmosphere.

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Bizjet Market: Post-Pandemic Growth Anticipated at $162.1B Over Five Years

After global interruptions to the market, new outlooks for business aviation (bizjet) depict a clear picture of growth over the next five years. New and pre-owned jet sales are anticipated to combine for $162.1 billion by the end of 2025 — an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.4%.

Growth is expected to arise from several key factors, including a resurgence of global travel, several new jet models, and higher demand for private travel in a post-pandemic world.

Bizjet forecast by the numbers

Market forecast data, courtesy of a report by Global Jet Capital (GJC), details several critical factors within the bizjet industry, such as regional trends and both new and used markets across aircraft sizes. Standout figures from the report include:

  • Total bizjet transactions will rise slightly from 3,308 to 3,743 annually by 2025.
  • Total transacted volume could top $36.3 billion in 2025, up from $29.3 billion in 2021.
  • Total dollar value per transaction is expected to climb 17.5% by 2025.
  • Heavy business jets are forecast to see a 6.2% CAGR by 2025.
  • Medium jets could see strong growth of 7.6% over the next five years.

These figures are derived from examination of nearly 30 years of market data and account for the unprecedented disruption of the past year and a half. No matter which way you spin it, this data shows stronger recovery and growth prospects for bizjet with each passing year.

Recovery is ongoing

While private aviation escaped the fate of commercial airlines during the 2020 downturn, bizjet suffered in comparison to charter airlines and the personal use market. The downturn ushered in a 24.2% drop in bizjet deliveries and a staggering 16.4% drop-off in dollar volume. But bizjet is poised to bounce back.

GJC believes recovery will continue through 2022, and deliveries will reach pre-pandemic levels again in early 2023. Forward-looking projects are more impressive if we are projected to reach 2024 before the market shows truly substantive growth. Why the lag? The GJC report cites depleted supply chains and optimistic caution from airframe manufacturers.

An aging fleet that’s only getting older

Bizjet has another tailwind propelling it to new heights in the coming years: age. According to a another industry report from Fortune Business Insights, the average business jet is 17.6 years old. As maintenance and upgrade costs continue to increase and newer, more efficient jets hit the market, there’s strong incentive for businesses to upgrade. With prospects like the Gulfstream G700 and the Dassault Falcon 6X set to enter service soon, it’s hard not to find the idea of an upgrade enticing.

Bizjet is a maturing industry

Commentary from the GJC report notes part of the reason bizjet is expected to see such strong growth is the maturation of the industry. As new technologies loom, the world grows more connected, and travel needs ramp up again, bizjet and private aviation stand to capitalize on a growing segment of the travel industry. With 30 years of data and consumer trends to draw from, bizjet’s upward trajectory appears to have been a long time in the making.

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BizAV Recovery Continues Its Climb to Pre-Pandemic Levels

A full 14 months on from the start of lockdowns and border closures, business aviation (BizAV) is beginning to rebound to pre-pandemic levels. Data released by aviation analytics company WingX Advance shows more and more corporate jets taking to the skies in an attempt to get back to life as it was before COVID-19. Recovery is likely to continue heading into the second quarter, though not quite up to pre-pandemic levels. And that’s not just the United States. Europe is also seeing surges in business flights, and there is a healthy pickup in international travel.

Breaking down recovery data

Business jet markets show signs of significant recovery. The U.S. is seeing increasing demand for charter flights, with month-to-date activity down by only 3.5% compared to the same period in 2019. Some states, including Colorado and Arizona, are experiencing higher demand than they did before the pandemic. Florida leads the pack with a 22% increase in demand for business charters compared to 2019.

In Western Europe, BizAV activity is down by 8% from May 2019 levels — but up 144% from May 2020. Even regions like Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Middle East are showing a significant rebound from pandemic demand levels. And demand is expected to increase throughout the summer as the world continues to return to normal.

BizAV headwinds hampered corporate travel in 2020

While private aviation held up well during the pandemic, BizAV faltered. Desire to charter, and even purchase, private planes grew by leaps and bounds in response to depressed commercial air travel. People still wanted to travel, but they didn’t want to share a plane with hundreds of potentially infected strangers. But business travel ground to a halt.

Closed borders and travel restrictions made business travel impractical. Zoom calls took the place of face-to-face meetings. Businesses went lean in the face of economic uncertainty, and a conservative approach to spending led to fewer jet purchases. Conservative financial operations meant fewer travel expenses overall. And the rise in private travel for personal purposes made it  difficult to find crew for BizAV charters.

Strong recovery prospects abound

BizAV stands poised for a strong recovery in the coming months, but there are as many potential challenges as opportunities. The talent shortage is one hurdle. It is particularly difficult to find qualified corporate and charter pilots. Many major airlines offered attractive retirement incentives as operations slowed during the pandemic, and as corporate airlines move to rehire pilots, they’ll look to charter pilots first. There’s also the question of rising salaries as pilots use increasing demand as leverage for better pay.

Challenges are opportunities. Scheduled commercial services to midsize markets dried up during the pandemic, and companies that relied on such services are now turning to BizAV. As domestic business travel thrives, the light jet and turboprop sectors of the market are responding accordingly. Forecasts of economic growth for the foreseeable future fuels expectations for these trends to continue.

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Bigger and Better: A Look at the Airbus ACJ TwoTwenty

It’s a long-range jet. It’s a bizliner. Its … the Airbus ACJ TwoTwenty! This new business jet from Airbus isn’t due to hit the skies until 2023, but it’s already generating major buzz for its disruptive potential. With a huge cabin size, superior range, and plenty of amenities, it has the potential to capture market share from several traditional segments. When it enters service, it’s poised to jump continents and ferry business travelers to the major hubs of the world in an airframe inspired by its commercial counterpart, the Airbus A220-100.

A luxury cabin experience

As soon as you step into the Airbus ACJ TwoTwenty, you’ll see that this jet is of an entirely new breed. The first thing you’ll notice is the massive cabin, which can comfortably transport 18 passengers. There’s room for up to 10 reclining sleepers, plus room for all the amenities you’d expect from a luxury business jet—including a king-size bed, a private bathroom with rain shower and several 55-inch 4K screens.

What’s more, there are more than 100 interior designs to choose from, reducing the overall cost of outfitting a custom cabin.

Superior flight capabilities

The Airbus ACJ TwoTwenty’s flight capabilities will set the standard for the business jet industry. According to ACJ, operating the TwoTwenty will cost much less when compared to competitor models from Gulfstream or Bombardier. The jet runs on a fuel-efficient PW1500G engine and has a lighter frame, enabling long-range travel. Airbus has used advanced materials that are more resistant to corrosion, significantly reducing maintenance costs.

Combined, these factors help to reduce the operating cost of this model by 1/3 when compared with other long-range jets currently on the market.

Source: airbus.com

No compromise from the TwoTwenty

With this new business jet, there are no compromises among cost, range, and interior space. It’s really in a class all its own.

The TwoTwenty takes the best aspects of many different segments of business jets and combines them all in one sophisticated package. With plenty of room for all the features a business traveler could need, including ample sleeping space and a rainfall shower, it’s clear that this is a supersized jet — but it’s also a long-range jet. With a 5,650-nautical-mile range, non-stop travel to very distant places is well within reach. Traveling from London to Los Angeles? You won’t need to make a single stop.

Source: airbus.com

Competition is slim

The jet’s closest competitor is the Gulfstream G500. The G500 has a range of 5,000 nautical miles, slightly lower than the TwoTwenty. A big difference between the two is cabin space—the G500 has a cabin width of 7 feet 11 inches, compared to the TwoTwenty’s roomy 10 foot 7 inches. Travelers flying long-range will appreciate the extra roomy cabin of the TwoTwenty.

It’s clear that Airbus has created a business jet that’s poised to disrupt the market with its combination of space and range. And while the Airbus ACJ TwoTwenty won’t be available until 2023, orders are already in for this revolutionary aircraft.

As competitors take notice of the TwoTwenty’s innovations, they’re making adjustments to their own fleets. Comparable models may enter the market by 2023, but currently, you’ll find that nothing comes close to the TwoTwenty.

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Bombardier is Now a Standalone Private Aviation Company

With the sale of its transportation unit to French rail company Alstom, Bombardier is now a private aviation company. Well, it’s always been a private aviation company, but now that’s specifically what it is.

Looking to pare down debt and focus on its core business, Bombardier has set its sights on continued dominance of several segments of private aviation. Now, saddled with no small amount of debt and a clear focus ahead, Bombardier looks to take flight in an industry it knows better than any of its divested segments.

A clear predicament to overcome

With the sale to Alstom, Bombardier is looking to make a dent in its debt. This sale netted the company over $3.6 billion in profit, but still leaves them with over $4.7 billion in debt. At the same time, it completes the company’s transition to a pure-play business aviation company. The move is best summed up by Bombardier president and CEO Eric Martel:

“With this transaction now complete, Bombardier begins an exciting new chapter focused exclusively on designing, building, and servicing the world’s best business jets”

What does this mean for the future of business aviation?

As the world begins to see light at the end of the tunnel in terms of the global pandemic, Bombardier and other private aviation companies are looking to the future. Business travel is expected to rebound in the last half of 2021, signaling that the need for jets could surpass pre-pandemic levels. If this turns out to be the case, demand for business jets will be strong.

Perhaps the biggest lesson to take from the pandemic is to expect the unexpected. If the business jet market takes a turn for the worse, Bombardier will have to make serious adjustments to their new business strategy. Canadian taxpayers are tired of bailing the company out, forcing the company to rethink their model or rely on hedge fund investors to help them get through lean times.

The business jet industry tends to be cyclical, though, so there’s a good chance Bombardier could see strong sales and outperform others in the industry during upcycles. As a leader in ultra-long-range jets and other business jet segments, Bombardier already has a great reputation to fall back on. An upswing in the market is really what’s needed to help it erase the red on its balance sheet.

Pure play in pursuit of profits

Strong sales would help Bombardier shed its massive debt. The major bright spot in Bombardier’s portfolio is the Global 7500 and other next-gen jets. There’s a clear demand for these jets, in particular the Global 7500 — the industry’s largest and longest-range business jet. The quicker Bombardier is able to make good on deliveries of these jets, the easier it will be to emerge from debt.

In addition, thanks to the sale of Bombardier’s other transportation holdings, they’ve been able to significantly reduce their debt. But there’s still quite a way to go until this aviation giant is back in the black. Its recent pure-play shift suggests a bet on the end of the pandemic. Only time will tell if it pays off.

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Pratt & Whitney PW4000-112 Turbofans Under Scrutiny

Boeing’s name is in the news yet again for critical aviation failure; however, this time, it’s not their fault. The global fleet of Boeing 777 commercial jets is grounded due to an airworthiness directive focused on the Pratt & Whitney PW4000-112 turbofan engines powering them. At least two recent cases of catastrophic engine failure have been reported in the last few months, causing the FAA to step in and investigate.

On February 21, 2021, United Airlines Flight 328 suffered catastrophic engine failure on its Boeing 777 jet. During a flight from Denver to Honolulu, the cowling surrounding the right Pratt & Whitney PW4000-112 engine fell off. While the jet was able to land safely, investigators immediately began searching for the cause of the failure, focusing on the engine’s fan blades. Initial inspections found damage to several blades.

An all-too-familiar problem

This isn’t the first time a Boeing 777 equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW4000-112 turbofans has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. In 2018, a similar situation occurred with the same model of airplane, operated by United Airlines. In this instance, “the National Transportation Safety Board’s initial inspection found one blade fractured at the root, an adjacent blade fractured at about mid-span, and a portion of one embedded in the containment ring. The remainder of the blades showed damage to the tips and leading edges.”

After investigation, the fractured fan blade was believed to be the cause of the engine failure. Investigators found deficiencies in Pratt & Whitney’s thermal acoustic imaging inspection process that led to technicians misdiagnosing problems with the fan blades. While planes carrying the Boeing name are grounded, the problem clearly rests with the Pratt & Whitney engines.

A closer look at the PW4000-112 turbofan engine

The Pratt & Whitney PW4000-112 turbofan engines have been powering planes since 1995. Although this engine has recently been in the news due to the incidents described above, it has a generally good record of reliability.

This ultra-high-thrust engine serves jets in the 74,000 to 90,000 pound-thrust class. It’s known for high efficiency and low noise and holds up well to foreign object damage. 777s equipped with these engines have best-in-class reliability statistics due to its excellent design and rigorous testing.

Incidentally, it’s the engines’ design that could be the cause of recent problems with planes equipped with the PW4000-112. Initial inquiry indicates fatigue in the failed fan blades. These blades fractured during flight and flew out, taking out the engines cowling with them. While the investigation is ongoing, it’s safe to say that inspectors will be looking closely at the fan blade components of PW4000-112 engines.

Since the 2018 incident, the FAA has recommended rigorous thermal acoustic imaging inspection for all PW4000-112 engines. Investigators believe that this inspection process was insufficient, leading to the grounding of all 777s in the U.S. that are equipped with these engines.

Concerns for private aviation?

While the PW4000-112 is exclusive to Boeing 777 jets, Pratt & Whitney offers a full range of highly reliable engines for private aviation airframes, including PW800, PW600, PW500 and PW300 turbofans. These engines have a history of reliability and excellent fuel efficiency. They’re designed with sustainability and have an excellent record of safety with lower maintenance requirements than engines made by competitors.

Although recent incidents are alarming, they’re relegated to the PW4000-12 engine models. Pratt & Whitney engines have a long history of reliability, efficiency, and sustainability. They set the standard for commercial and private air travel, offering superior performance and a high level of comfort for passengers.

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New Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 Engine Test Runs 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Critics of private aviation often cite the high emissions of business jets as a catalyst for climate effects. And although there have been innovations in the form of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), most legacy jets are capped at certain low levels of SAF. Until now. Famed aviation engine maker Rolls Royce has reported a highly successful test run of its new Pearl 700 engine, using 100% SAF. It’s a critical milestone to a more sustainable future for private aviation.

On February 1, 2021, Rolls Royce reported promising results from the first tests of 100% SAF in a business jet engine. This test represents the trend in the industry toward reducing carbon emissions, with a goal to reach net zero carbon by 2050. Researchers tested the Rolls Royce Pearl 700 engine and saw very promising results that could lead to eventual fuel certification and greener air travel.

Source rolls-royce.com

What’s the fuss about sustainable aviation fuels?

The main driver of the current level of interest in these fuels is their ability to significantly reduce carbon emissions of jet engines. SAF has a much higher energy density than regular fuel, dramatically increasing engine efficiency. The result is higher payload conditions or extended range, which is critically important for business jets traversing the globe.

SAF can reduce CO2 lifecycle emissions by more than 75 percent compared to the conventional jet fuel it replaces. It’s clear that SAF plays an important role when it comes to reducing the aviation industry’s overall impact on the environment.

Barriers stand between SAF and legacy engines

Even when taking the major environmental benefits of SAF into account, there are reasons private jet owners aren’t ditching conventional fuel for a greener option. Unfortunately, legacy engines can’t handle 100% SAF fuels — yet.

Many legacy jets can’t support SAF blends above 50%. They’re only able to recognize the SAF as “fuel” if it’s nearly identical in chemical composition to regular petroleum-based options. That’s just not possible yet with 100% SAF. While using any amount of SAF fuels is great for the environment, the aviation industry needs to get to a point where 100% SAF becomes the norm.

Source rolls-royce.com

Enter: The Rolls Royce Pearl 700 engine

The Rolls Royce Pearl 700 engine represents the next great hope for sustainable air travel. It’s a highly efficient engine that combines the Advance2 engine core with a new low-pressure system. Extensive testing shows that this engine is able to perform extremely well while using 100% SAF. Researchers saw a marked increase in take-off thrust, as well as an improved thrust-to-weight ratio.

With such promising performance, the Rolls Royce Pearl 700 demonstrates the possibilities of using 100% SAF as a full “drop-in” option. In other words, a complete replacement of petroleum-based fuels.

Although more testing is required, aviation insiders are seeing the possibilities of environmentally friendly jet travel once this fuel is fully certified.

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Biden Taps Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary: What it Means for BizAV

As the Biden administration cements itself on Capitol Hill, the incoming president has begun nominating officials to various high positions within the cabinet. Among them is Pete Buttigieg, President Biden’s pick for Transportation Secretary. The choice has been lauded by both sides of the aisle and is a welcome one for the private aviation industry as a whole. Buttigieg’s logical, progressive stances bode well for a private aviation industry on the cusp of new innovation and opportunities.

Mayor Pete is a welcome addition

Buttigieg, the former Mayor of South Bend, IN, is a logical pick for Transportation Secretary. His claim to a transportation position rests in his work in Indiana, where he pioneered two-way traffic patterns that improved safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike. His experience with infrastructure is a boon to the position, and he called infrastructure investment “part and parcel of economic recovery.”

For private aviation, there’s even more to love about Mayor Pete. His approach, when asked about regulation, will likely be technocratic, putting standards and practices in the hands of the engineers and aviation officials who understand their industry best. For example, in regard to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reforms, Buttigieg said he remained committed and that “we need to make sure the engineers at the FAA are in the driver’s seat.”

Open-minded transportation in a pivotal time

Buttigieg’s position over the next four years coincides with what could be a time of fruition for a number of important aviation projects — namely those in the realm of private aviation.

The biggest is the ever-burgeoning rollout of urban unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — air taxis in major metropolitan areas. Several companies are on the verge of bringing their craft to cities in a limited capacity, and support in the highest levels of government would allow them to do that more efficiently. Buttigieg’s emphasis on infrastructure restoration could be key in UAV deployment, as he seeks to modernize decades-old infrastructure.

The supersonic corridor is an important coming-to-fruition project as well. Although it’s already received approval, continued support from the Transportation Secretary could expedite the development and deployment of supersonic jets. Buttigieg’s support also would lend credence to the project, which still faces skepticism from environmentalists.

Buttigieg’s history with private aviation

Outside of his new role as Transportation Secretary, Buttigieg is no stranger to the benefits and convenience of private aviation. As reported by the Associated Press, Buttigieg far outstripped other democrats in spend on private air travel during his short tenure as a candidate in 2019. His familiarity and comfort with charters is a gateway to understanding and supporting them in his new position.

A bright future for private aviation ahead

Pete Buttigieg’s progressive approach, technocratic mindset, and firsthand familiarity with private aviation all ties together in a Transportation Secretary pick that comes at the right time. With major advances coming to private air travel, government is gaining someone who understands them and whose policies support them. As the next few years unfold, we can expect positive traction for the big issues in private aviation.

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What Brexit Means for Private Aviation in 2021 and Beyond

Brexit may have been the big headline in January 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic has delayed much of its effects thus far as the U.K. has begun detangling itself from the European Union (EU). Now, a year later, with a hard Brexit avoided, the separation is picking up speed. New regulations are going into effect and new practices are rolling out — including several that have already disrupted transportation to and from Britain. The aviation industry is looking on intently, including private aviation. What does Brexit have in store for new air travel regulations?

How Brexit has disrupted air travel

Back when the prospect of a hard Brexit was a near-certainty, private aviation companies were planning for the worst. With that struggle avoided, many of the biggest uncertainties of private air travel went with it. But not all of them. Several issues persist that could make navigating the skies troublesome for private charters.

  • Air routing changes have already brought up questions of cabotage. Now, there are questions as to whether U.K. pilots will be allowed to operate internal charters in EU countries. Consequently, British pilots will be Third Country Operators in EU airspace, requiring them to obtain European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Third Country Operator Approval.
  • Aircraft importation could become tricky for an isolated Britain. According to early-draft regulations, “any aircraft imported via the U.K. for free circulation within the EU will potentially lose access to that free circulation.”
  • U.K. charter permits are going to be crucial and more difficult to get on short notice. Without a block charter agreement in place, charters will need to apply on a trip-by-trip basis. This could change with an addendum to the Open Skies Agreement in the EU, but it’s not a guarantee.

There are additional changes to consider, as well — including simple, yet important restrictions like the need for both U.K. and EU pet passports for pets inbound to Europe. Overlooking minor considerations like this could end in fines or even a charter turned away, forced to return to its point of origin.

Britain needs to figure it out fast

Unfortunately, the solution to most question marks regarding British charters rests with Blighty. EU air traffic will continue on as it always has with few disruptions (if any) between member countries. Britain is forced to reestablish its own control over the airways — which means reevaluating some aviation guidelines that haven’t been re-tooled since WWII.

The good news is that much of the foundational infrastructure the EASA stands on today was developed in large part with British help in the mid-2000s. Britain’s island status also means there’s a conglomeration of aviation knowledge within its borders. Pundits expect aviation and air regulation to be one of the earliest solutions to come to fruition in a post-Brexit economy.

Air travel troubles won’t last

Individuals flying privately from London to Paris or Berlin to London may have to deal with some regulatory turbulence in the early days of Brexit. That said, experts believe the setbacks and patchwork solutions will quickly lead to permanent fixes. While the jarring adjustment period of Brexit will likely linger for years to come, private charters should expect to fly smooth soon enough.

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How Fast Will a Transatlantic Flight be in the Coming Supersonic Age?

There are lots of factors that affect the duration of a transatlantic flight. Taking off from a major hub like New York or Atlanta and arriving in London or Paris can take between six and eight hours. Weather can increase or expedite the time, as can the time of day and the activity of the jet stream. One thing’s for certain: you’re going to spend roughly the equivalent to a workday aloft, from takeoff to touchdown. It’s an accepted truth, but one that could be changing for the better very soon.

A new transatlantic bar

Earlier this year, a British Airways passenger flight flew into the history books. On its routine voyage from New York to London, the Boeing 747-436 settled in a fast-moving jet stream courtesy of Storm Ciara. Pushed along by the powerful gusts of wind, the Boeing reached peak speeds of 825 miles per hour, roughly 50 miles faster than the speed of sound and nearly 200 miles an hour faster than the average commercial flight across the Atlantic. The entire flight took just four hours and fifty-six minutes.

Experts on the subject hailed the flight as achieving a “phenomenal speed.” The Boeing’s peak speed is, indeed, impressive, but it’s nothing compared to what could be on the horizon.

Building on history

It wasn’t too long ago that clients were hopping between continents on the Concorde, a supersonic passenger plane that made the Transatlantic trip in three-and-a-half hours. Despite boasting breakneck speeds and the esteem of exclusive clientele, the Concorde wasn’t much more than fast.

Although former clients rave about the experience, they uniformly agree that the Concorde was cramped and noisy. Some proclaimed that, though there was a lavatory on board, it was too small to use. Beyond the Concorde’s famous cuisine, the only real amenity on the craft was a signed certificate of proof you flew on the vessel.

Prohibitively high maintenance costs combined with increasing concerns over the craft’s environmental impact led to the Concorde’s 2003 retirement. The demise of the Concorde has done little to dampen inventors’ enthusiasm for supersonic flight. A new age is dawning, one where flight speed records are in jeopardy of being smashed.


Virgin galactic has entered the chat

In August, Virgin Galactic entered the supersonic jet race. The company’s proposal would seat just 19 people (as opposed to the Concorde’s 100) and travel at more than 60,000 feet. The goal would be to make a transatlantic jump in just 90 minutes. Reps from Virgin Galactic underscored that their supersonic jet would not produce the same pollution that made the Concorde infamous. In fact, the thing Virgin Galactic’s Chief Space Officer seemed proudest of was the notion that the supersonic jet would run on sustainable aviation fuel.

Virgin Galactic isn’t the only company chasing an environmentally friendly supersonic jet. Aerion’s AS2 will rival the Concorde’s speed, cruising at Mach 1.4. The AS2, however, will kick up the exclusivity. It only seats 10.

Those creature comforts aside, the most astonishing claim made by Aerion is its boast that the AS2 will be carbon-neutral from day one. Said Aerion CEO Tom Vice, “We don’t believe that speed and protection of our environment need to be mutually exclusive.”

Paving the road

It will still be a few years before supersonic jets become readily available, but we can dream. In the meantime, there is still a world of possibilities in private aircraft for traversing the transatlantic flight at top speeds. And, if you catch the right gust, you may find yourself touching down hours ahead of schedule!

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