Eastern found itself embroiled in a bruising market fight with National and Delta. Eastern was already operating the Lockheed Tristar on the routes and word got to Airbus that they were interested in a seat aircraft with better operating economics than the Tristar. Eastern had been in discussions with Boeing, Lockheed, and McDonnell Douglas already but Eastern's financial position in the wake its battle with National and Delta meant it needed an aircraft with better economics than the Tristar and it needed them at a sweet deal.
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On the day of the final sales presentations by the all the manufacturers, Airbus was slotted in to present to Eastern's management and its president, former Apollo 8 mission commander and astronaut Frank Borman. Airbus' team gave its presentation and then offered a sweetener- they had four "white tail" aircraft completed As that had no buyers that Eastern could immediately lease for a four month trial. If they were happy with the aircraft, they could order more. Borman sent word to Toulouse after deliberations "Congratulations, you've got a blue-eyed baby.
But the bold move by Borman upset many. After all, political influence several years earlier was successful in steering Western Airlines away from the A Borman was accused of being anti-patriotic depsite his military and space records. Borman reportedly asked Forsyth what brand of luxury car he drove, knowing the answer wasn't American.
Borman explained that the most valuable part of the Airbus A were its engines and those engines were GE engines along with a large amount of American content from thousands of subcontractors. Congressional hearings were even held at Boeing's urging with accusations of predatory pricing by Airbus to make the sales- many of the same arguments being made these days in Airbus versus Boeing sales fights. Regardless, it was a major achievement for the young Airbus Industrie and would become legend throughout Europe how an American astronaut saved the A program.
However, to reduce the sonic boom noise, a lot of money has to go into the development of the aircraft. If the development costs go up, the end-price of a jet also goes up. This, in turn, means that airlines have to price tickets accordingly to recoup the high price of an aircraft. Boom Supersonic, one of the manufacturers developing the next Concorde, promises their Overture jet will travel at Mach 2.
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It also promises to airlines game-changing profitability. Currently, Boom promises a seat supersonic aircraft.
Aerion is another manufacturer. They are developing the AS2, a business jet able to fly at Mach 1. The company promises to use the base of the AS2 to develop a bigger private jet and a small commercial airliner in the future. Aerion AS2. And the last manufacturer, Spike is developing a quiet business supersonic jet, named the Spike S Cruising speed is set at Mach 1. The S will seat from 12 to 18 people, depending on the configuration.
And if you noticed something, there is one word that can describe the three jets — business. But is that a correct decision? Both airlines and passengers are starting to prioritize price rather than over-the-top comfort, that is why low-cost carriers are attracting more passengers. The newest supersonic jets promise faster flights for business passengers. But market trends are shifting to cheaper prices, rather than comfort or speed.
Sure, those seem like small numbers. But they are steadily rising and the matter of the fact is that we are not going to see the supersonic jets in the air for at least 3 to 4 years. So, low-cost carriers will have even more time to capture a bigger portion of the market and transfer even more passengers. Low-cost carriers like Ryanair are overtaking traditional airlines.
Thus, we have to ask ourselves: are the newest supersonic jets already cornering themselves by aiming at a business-only audience? We do think so. Furthermore, even if there is demand, you have to consider that there are already many private jet manufacturers, even if they are subsonic.
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However, most of the newest jets can reach speeds of up to Mach 0. So, again, is there even enough demand to produce more business jets? Another recent trend in the world of aviation is the word efficiency. Airlines want to save money on every cost possible, including fuel. That is why airlines are shying away from the fuel-guzzling aircraft like the Airbus A As a result, the manufacturer is forced to cancel the whole program.
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British Airways Airbus A And the Concorde was a lot of things. However, it definitely was not an efficient aircraft. It used afterburners to break through the barrier of sound and afterburners are not an efficient solution. They consume a lot of fuel but do not add a lot of thrust. Nevertheless, the newest developments in technology have not only allowed switching to materials like carbon fiber Concorde primarily used aluminum but use turbofan engines instead of turbojets to achieve supersonic speed. All of the above mentioned supersonic jets will use turbofans Spike has not yet revealed their engine , avoiding the inefficient turbojet counterparts.
But turbofans have a very specific window when they are the most efficient and because supersonic aircraft have to be very structurally sound, they also weight much more than a subsonic jet. Meaning that to cruise at supersonic speeds, the engines consume much more fuel compared to subsonic speeds. Which again prompts a question whether there is a demand for new supersonic aircraft? As fuel prices continue to rise, the demand for supersonic aircraft will fall drastically. Although I, just like anybody else would love to see the comeback of SSTs, I do not think it will happen.
At least under current circumstances of the market, when efficiency, fuel saving and low prices dictate the demand. If airlines are retiring such titans like the Airbus A and the Boeing and switching to the more efficient, double-engine Airbus A and to decrease operating costs, there is just no room in the sky for jets with high operating costs. As for the business jet market, there are already business jets comfortably reaching Mach 0. So why would you pay a lot of money just to fly a bit faster? Simply put, no. I do not think that the business market is open to the idea of supersonic jets.
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Waving goodbye to Concorde — Why? September 11 th attacks After the Air France Flight crash, aviation authorities grounded the supersonic aircraft to prevent any further loss of lives. Airbus saying no At the time Concorde retired, the supersonic jet was already 34 years old, if we were to count from the time that the revolutionary jet first took flight in Sonic Booms and overland flight ban What is a Sonic Boom? Sonic booms — can the issue be solved? Economics However, to reduce the sonic boom noise, a lot of money has to go into the development of the aircraft. Currently, Boom promises a seat supersonic aircraft Aerion is another manufacturer.
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Small numbers? Low-cost carriers like Ryanair are overtaking traditional airlines Thus, we have to ask ourselves: are the newest supersonic jets already cornering themselves by aiming at a business-only audience? Efficiency Another recent trend in the world of aviation is the word efficiency. Aerion AS2 will use the GE Affinity Engine But turbofans have a very specific window when they are the most efficient and because supersonic aircraft have to be very structurally sound, they also weight much more than a subsonic jet.