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MEBA: Supersonic Business Jet Still an Idea for the Future, Says Dassault

 - December 7, 2010, 10:20 PM

Not today, and not tomorrow, but maybe someday. That is Dassault's view of the supersonic business jet, said Olivier Villa, Dassault's senior v-p civil aircraft, here at MEBA.

Company market analysis shows that, based on current technology, a supersonic business jet (SSBJ) that is capable of Mach 1.6 would need to have a range of at least 4,500 nm and a cabin size at least as big as that of the Falcon 7X to be viable in the marketplace. That, based on current technology, implies an aircraft of well over 100,000 pounds mtow, and which would have a carbon footprint around four to five times that of a subsonic aircraft.