The Contour of Luxury Summer 2019 - Page 560

Steve Nordlund, the vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt, stated that the investment for advancing the maturation of supersonic technology is a strategic and disciplined procedure. Nordlund said, “Through this partnership that combines Aerion’s supersonic expertise with Boeing’s global industrial scale and commercial aviation experience, we have the right team to build the future of sustainable supersonic flight.” With the new age of travel demanding for lessened commute time from one place to another, supersonic turbojet flying could not come any sooner. In October 2018, Aerion, a passion project started by Texas billionaire Robert Bass, announced that it expected to sell 300 aircrafts over the next 10 years. Aerion also said that it expects a product design review in 2020. After that, the first flight is anticipated to take place in 2023, followed by type certification in 2025, and then entry into service in 2026. Thus, the return of supersonic flight to the civilian market is imminent.