World’s fastest passenger jet goes supersonic during test trials

Plane manufacturer Bombardier has revealed the high-speed acheivements of Global 8000, described by the company as “the world’s fastest and longest-range purpose-built business jet.”

The supersonic jet has a capacity of 19 passengers along with a range of 8,000 nautical miles (14,800 kilometers) and a top speed of Mach 0.94. The plane is expected to enter into service by 2025, CNN reports.

The aircraft was accompanied by a NASA F/A-18 chase plane and has become the first Transport Category airplane to fly supersonic with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

President and CEO for Bombardier, Éric Martel said, “The Global 8000 aircraft leverages the outstanding attributes of the Global 7500 aircraft, providing our customers with a flagship aircraft of a new era.”

With a cabin altitude equivalent to 2,900 feet, the upcoming aircraft has already begun flight testing on Global 7500 flight-test vehicles which had broken the sound barrier during a demonstration flight last May.

United Airlines had also announced last year that it could be offering supersonic routes in 2029, after it striked a deal to buy 15 supersonic jets. Boom Supersonic has been attempting to complete testing on its X-B1, prototype of overture Jet. The aircraft will allow 65 to 88 people to travel and fly over 500 mainly transoceanic routes on Mach-2.2 speeds.

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