Aerion now has commitments covering at least 20 of its proposed supersonic business jet (SSBJ) since it started signing letters of intent with prospective customers in November. The letters of intent come from 20 different clients in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America; operators committing to the program most recently include Pakistan-based executive charter firm Princely Jets and an undisclosed customer from India.
In an exclusive interview with AIN, Aerion vice chairman Brian Barents discussed why he believes it’s time to bring a supersonic business jet to market. “People have approached the subject over a number of years, trying to marry technology with a guaranteed return on investment, without success,” he said.
The void in the aeronautical spectrum created by the retirement of the Anglo-French Concorde fleet in October last year stands to be filled by two supersonic business jet (SSBJ) programs that were unveiled at last month’s NBAA Convention.
Aerion announced in London today that it has received commitments covering at least 20 of its proposed $80 million supersonic business jets (SSBJ) since it started signing letters of intent with prospective customers last month.
Reno, Nev.-based Aerion on Sunday announced at the Dubai Air Show that it is now accepting letters of intent for a “limited number” of early delivery positions for its 12-seat supersonic business jet (SSBJ). “Market demand has driven our decision to begin accepting deposits,” said company vice chairman Brian Barents.
Airbus and Boeing took center stage at the Dubai Airshow this week, with airlines announcing orders worth some $80 billion. However, business aviation had its time in the sun, too. Embraer took orders for 51 business jets (seven Lineage 1000s, seven Legacy 600s, nine Phenom 300s and 28 Phenom 100s). Cessna reported selling 12 Mustangs and five Sovereigns. Dassault Falcon sold four 7Xs and one 900EX.
Aerion has started accepting letters of intent for the first 80 delivery positions of its projected supersonic business jet and has appointed Zurich-headquartered ExecuJet Aviation to offer half of them to customers outside the Americas. The first delivery position went to prominent Saudi businessman, Dr. Tarek bin Laden, who is expected at the airshow today.
Business aircraft cabin specialist Infusion Design has long preferred a low profile. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Kansas City-based firm is happily stepping out of the shadow of anonymity, most recently with designs for Spectrum’s Freedom S-40 and Adam Aircraft’s A700 mockups, as well as concept designs for Aerion’s supersonic business jet proposal.
Supersonic Aerospace (SAI) and Aerion continue their quest to bring a speedy yet environmentally friendly supersonic business jet to market.
Three companies have expressed serious interest in developing a supersonic business jet (SSBJ), but none of the designs proposed by Aerion, Sukhoi or Supersonic Aerospace International has reached the launch stage, making it unlikely that any will emerge as a flying prototype anytime soon.