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All crazy about the supersonic plane

But twenty years after Concorde's retirement, many obstacles have taken over

On November 26, 2003, the Franco-British consortium British Aerospace withdrew the supersonic Concorde aircraft from the skies. Almost 20 years have passed since it was possible to fly between New York and London in less than four hours. Now, however, several manufacturers and air carriers are investing millions of dollars in an effort to build jets that are just as fast but more efficient, cleaner, and cheaper. Some of these ideas could see the light of day by 2029. 

In twenty years, multiple obstacles have taken their toll: the pandemic has decreased airline financial revenues; environmental pressures to stop climate change impose stringent carbon emission standards; noise pollution regulations and the shortage of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) are also negatively affecting.

However, several companies are promising the creation of new supersonic aircraft. The latest is Canadian manufacturer Bombardier, which announced that it has successfully tested a private jet, the Global 8000, at supersonic speeds. Plenty of other proposals: from the Overture aircraft of start-up Boom Supersonic, which appeals to United Airlines and other airlines, to the X-Plane aircraft of Lockheed Martin and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa). 

On this topic see also the article published by AVIONEWS.

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