I’m seriously excited about the prospect of supersonic flights making a comeback! This technology has been around since the 1970s, but Concorde was the only commercial supersonic aircraft in operation until it retired in 2003. Now, companies like Boom Supersonic and Aerion Supersonic are working on supersonic business jets that could revolutionize long-distance travel.
Imagine being able to travel from Los Angeles to Tokyo in just over five hours – that’s half the time it would normally take! This could be a game-changer for business travelers, who already value their time so highly. I can’t wait to see what the future of supersonic travel holds – it’s going to be an exciting journey!
These jets will not just be fast, but also sustainable
Supersonic aircrafts fly at high altitudes and at super-high speeds, which can typically result in increased fuel consumption and therefore emissions. However, companies developing the latest supersonic jets are focused on incorporating sustainable technologies to mitigate the plane’s environmental impact.
Boom Supersonic, is creating carbon-neutral sustainable aviation fuels and working to offset any remaining emissions through carbon credits and other mitigation strategies. Aerion Supersonic plans to use biofuels and electric propulsion in their aircrafts to reduce emissions. The aviation industry is actively working towards reducing the environmental impact of supersonic flight and it seems that supersonic travel may further reduce the already small environmental impact of BizAv.
What about the ‘boom’?
One of the main issues of supersonic flights has always been the sonic boom, which is the loud noise created when an aircraft exceeds the speed of sound. This is why Concorde flights were discontinued. Supersonic engines typically also have higher bypass ratios, which means more air is bypassing the engine core and going around it, this can increase the noise generated by the engines. And because supersonic aircrafts typically fly at high altitudes, it amplifies the noise generated by their engines.
Upcoming supersonic jets are being designed to produce a softer, less disruptive sonic boom. They will also have quieter, more efficient engines while part of the effect will be achieved through advanced materials and intelligent design. The future of BizAv is right around the corner. We are super excited to welcome the new era of business aviation. With sustainability and timesaving as major perks of supersonic flights, I believe the new aircrafts are set to be a big hit.