Spirit AeroSystems selected for Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet programme
Composite structures specialist will work on preliminary design of pressurised fuselage
Aerion Corporation and Spirit AeroSystems have entered into a collaboration agreement for the preliminary design of the AS2’s forward, pressurised fuselage.
Tom Gentile, President and CEO, Spirit AeroSystems said: “Joining a project team this early allows us to apply our technical expertise and commercial best practices to make the most positive impact.”
He added: “We can create cost-efficient, innovative engineering solutions that take into account Spirit’s highly efficient manufacturing processes. We are proud to be selected by Aerion for this programme and look forward to contributing to the success of this groundbreaking new airplane.”
AS2 to 'revolutionise global mobility'
Spirit is set to make an immediate start on preliminary development efforts. Aerion’s 12-passenger AS2 will be designed to be up to 70 per cent faster than today’s business aircraft. Supersonic cruise speed is Mach 1.4, about 1,000 mph. It saves as much as three hours across the Atlantic and more than five hours across the Pacific.
Aerion Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President Tom Vice said: “The AS2 will revolutionise global mobility. We are proud to partner with Spirit AeroSystems. They are a leader in aircraft composite structures and we are excited that they have joined the AS2 team.”