New jets promise to revive supersonic travel

Jet makers are working on new jets to spur supersonic travel once again, decades after Concorde broke the sound barrier and started carrying passengers around the world.

Engine makers, aerospace companies and NASA have all developed new versions of supersonic jets since the Concorde was grounded in 2003. But most airlines no longer fly Concorde, and most people never got to experience its historic first flights.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – After 45 years of retirement, Concorde’s supersonic jet could take to the skies again as commercial passenger flights make a comeback. FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet, takes off during its maiden flight, in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, November 26, 2007.

After grounding in 2003, Concorde crashed and was retired, but global demand has revived as budget carriers have discovered they can get more.

Despite the excitement generated by the Concorde’s retirement in 2003, supersonic air travel has not regained its former glory. But maybe it never left. Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Boeing and others are introducing new aircraft with soundproofed, cabin pressurized to improve passenger comfort.

Passengers flying the New Airways series will be able to fly twice the speed of sound and be well-researched and well-rested during a single flight. The cost? A little more than a business-class ticket.

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