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Published on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Boeing reveals two-hour London-NY hypersonic jet

Boeing has unveiled designs of a new hypersonic passenger jet that could travel from Europe to Australia in five hours and London-NY in just two.

The concept aircraft was unveiled at the American Institute of Aeronautics Aviation 2018 conference in Atlanta and can also be viewed at next month's Farnborough Air Show.











The jet will be able to travel at five times the speed of sound - about 4,000 miles or 6,500 kilometres per hour.

Work is expected to begin in earnest in 2020, although the earliest the jet is likely to come into service will be in 20 years' time.

The speed could reduce the trip between New York and London to two hours and the flight between Australia and Europe to less than five hours.

The aircraft would be bigger than some planned supersonic business jets but smaller than conventional sub-sonic airliners such as the Boeing 737.

In a statement, Boeing said: "Building the future at Boeing requires looking decades ahead at what could be possible, and innovating now to make it happen.

"That's the impetus behind Boeing's first passenger-carrying hypersonic concept that was debuted at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics conference in Atlanta this week."

Boeing senior technical fellow and chief scientist of hypersonics Kevin Bowcutt added:  "We're excited about the potential of hypersonic technology to connect the world faster than ever before.

"Boeing is building upon a foundation of six decades of work designing, developing and flying experimental hypersonic vehicles, which makes us the right company to lead the effort in bringing this technology to market in the future."

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  • At least.....

    ....the time saving will compensate for hours spent at airports: - check in/bag drop (no real difference for most) - security - slots - waiting for baggage - etc, etc.

    By Peter Mannell, Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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