Aerion Unveils Major Updates To AS2 Supersonic Business Jet Design
Guy Norris April 17, 2020
As its team of aerospace heavyweights continues to grow, aircraft developer Aerion Supersonic has unveiled a finalized design for the AS2 business jet, which it believes is not only sustainable but also lays a solid foundation for a follow-on family of high-speed commercial and military derivatives.
With a radically new swept delta wing, revised underslung engines and a sleeker empennage, the configuration differs fundamentally from previous AS2 iterations and is emblematic of a greater level of maturity both for the aircraft design and the company itself, says Aerion CEO Tom Vice. “It’s representative of the amount of innovation we’ve been putting into the airplane,” he says. “But we’ve been putting an equal amount of thought into our long-term strategic plan and the way we look at the marketplace.”
Notwithstanding the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on air travel in 2020, Aerion believes the appetite for reduced journey times and enhanced global mobility will inevitably return in a post-pandemic world. Regardless of whether this happens sooner or later, the company…