Boeing partners with Aerion to develop AS2

Boeing says its input into Aerion’s AS2 supersonic business jet will accelerate technology development and aircraft design.

BOEING ANNOUNCED on February 5, 2019, that it will partner with Aerion to accelerate development of the AS2 supersonic business jet.

Under the partnership agreement, Boeing will provide engineering, manufacturing and flight test resources to the AS2 development programme.

Steve Norlund, Boeing NeXt Vice President and General Manager said: “Boeing is leading a mobility transformation that will safely and efficiently connect the world faster than ever before. This is a strategic and disciplined leading-edge investment in further maturing supersonic technology.”

Norlund added: “Through this partnership, that combines Aerion’s supersonic expertise with Boeing’s global industrial scale and commercial aviation experience, we have the right team to build the future of sustainable supersonic flight.”

Aerion launched the AS2 in 2014 and in 2018 it announced the selection of GE’s Affinity engine to power the aircraft, which is expected to achieve speeds up to Mach 1.4.

The first flight of the AS2 is expected to occur in 2023.