Just as Concorde is about to make its final flight into Bristol Filton on Wednesday (Nov 26) EADS has revealed that it is considering developing a hypersonic jet with Japanese partners.
The plans are understood to have been unvelied by Chief executive Philippe Camus at an aerospace industry event in Japan. The proposed aircraft would be capable of flying 7000 miles and carry 300 passengers at twice the speed of Concorde.
No timescale has been suggested for such a project, but there is said to currently be “collaboration” between Europe and Japan on engines.
The reports also claim the proposed jet’s noise levels would be far lower than those of Concorde and similar to those of a Boeing 747 which would enable it to operate far more widely.
Looks like Boeing is going to have to dust off the Sonic Cruiser proposals again…