Aerion secures order for 20 supersonic business jets

Business jet operator NetJets, a subsidiary of Warren Buffet’s conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Aerion to acquire 20 of their AS2 supersonic business jets. Aerion now has a potential order book of 300 aircraft. The company values the backlog at over $10 billion.

Aerion also reached an agreement with FlightSafety International, another Berkshire Hathaway company, to open a supersonic flight training academy for civil, commercial, and military supersonic aircraft. “This partnership marries Aerion’s innovation and our long-established experience, opening up new opportunities in the supersonic aircraft space and the future of the industry as a whole,” said Brad Thress, CEO of FlightSafety International.

The first AS2 should enter production in 2023 at Aerion Park, the company’s new headquarters recently opened near the Orlando-Melbourne Airport (MLB), in Florida. The aircraft should be able to carry 12 passengers at a speed of Mach 1.4 (about 1,700 kilometers per hour) over 7,780 kilometers (4,200 nautical miles).

In November 2020, Aerion completed high and low-speed wind tunnel testing of its AS2 business jet. The experiment was carried out with the assistance of French aerospace testing and research experts, ONERA.

By Alireza Onghaei from Aerotime

NetJets to buy 20 Aerion AS2 supersonic business jets

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