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HyperMach unveils superonic business jet concept
Paris is traditionally a launch pad for the most
imaginative airframe and engine programmes
and this year was no di erent, as HyperMach
Aerospace Industries unveiled its SonicStar V-tailed
supersonic business jet (SSBJ) concept.
e company claims the aircra would take no
more than one hour and 45 minutes to y from Paris
to New York, but has le many questions unanswered
regarding how it would bring the concept to fruition.
Chief Executive Officer Richard Lugg says his
research indicates there could be a market for "above
several thousand" of the aircra , which he says will
have its rst ight in 2021.
However, he remains hazy on details about exactly how
HyperMach will bring the aircra to market, saying that
the company is still "in discussions with, and identifying"
partners to build the airframe and its engines, as well as
A more realistic proposition came from European
manufacturer EADS, which unveiled its Zero -Emission
Hypersonic Transport (ZEHST), an aircra designed to
y above the atmosphere to avoid dumping pollutants,
except for a relatively small amount during takeo . Most
of the aircra s descent would be unpowered, using
engines only for nal approach and landing.
e ZEHST would initially use jet engines running
on biofuel to climb to an altitude of 5km, a er which the
aircra would use rockets to accelerate to Mach 2.5 and
climb to 23km. At this point, hydrogen-fuelled ramjets
would be used take the aircra beyond Mach 4 and an
altitude of about 32km. e aircra could potentially
o er a Paris-Tokyo ight in 2.5 hours.
While the ZEHST is still in the early stages of design,
requiring a large amount of funding to proceed with
development, EADS says demonstration ights could
take place as early as 2020. -- Liz Moscrop
Boeing wins new aircraft orders
Boeing brought two 747-8s to the show -- the
prototype 747-8 Intercontinental passenger
jetliner and its rst 747-8 Freighter -- as well
as a 787 sporting the livery of launch customer All
Nippon Air ways (ANA).
e launch customers for the 747-8 are Lu hansa
for the Intercontinental and Cargolux for the
Freighter. e 747-8I arrived in Paris sporting a
unique 'Sunrise livery of red-orange -- representing
prosperity and good luck in Eastern cultures, as
Boeing s brand marketing Vice-President Rob Pollack
told reporters at the show.
Elizabeth Lund, 747-8 programme manager, says
the two aircra in the -8I ight-test programme have
so far own about 300 hours -- taking the model about
a third of the way towards certi cation, scheduled for
the end of 2011. e freighter has almost completed
ight testing , she added, with certi cation due later
in the summer.
On the show opening day, Boeing announced that
Air Lease had placed an order for 33 aircra of various
types, including : a rm order for 14 single-aisle 737s
with four options (adding to last year s order for up
to 60 737-800s); a rm order for ve 777-300ERs;
a rm order for four 787s; and a rming up of six
options from last year s order. Meanwhile, Qatar
Air ways added six 777-300ERs to the 34 it ordered
in 2007, 25 of which have now been delivered.
On 21 June, Boeing announced an order from
Aero ot for eight 777-300ERs, due to be delivered
between 2013 and 2018. Meanwhile, Malaysia
Airlines exercised options for the purchase of ten
737-800s, Norwegian Air Shuttle placed an order
for 15 737-800s and GECAS ordered two 747-8
Freighters and eight 777-300ERs.
Midway through the week, on 22 June, Boeing
unveiling its 787 in ANA s new livery, and the
Japanese carrier revealed its cabin interior for the
aircra . e big order of that day for Boeing was
Russia s UTair signing up for 40 Next Generation 737
aircra with the new Sky Interior (seven 737-900ERs
and 33 737-800s). -- Ian Sheppard
NEWS IN BRIEF
EUROCOPTER deputed its X3 ('X cube')
compound helicopter demonstrator at the show.
The aircraft is a modified AS365 Dauphin, with
a conventional main rotor, plus two propellers
on short, fixed wings. The vehicle is intended to
offer faster cruise speeds and manoeuvrability
thanks to its fixed wings, along with a helicopter's
vertical take-off and landing capability.
ANOTHER hybrid fixed wing-rotorcraft
programme may gain a new lease of life, now
that AgustaWestland has taken the reins. The
Italian airframer announced that it will buy
Bell Helicopter's stake in the BA609 tilt-rotor
aircraft, renaming it as the AW609. Under the
proposed agreement, Bell will continue to provide
engineering and programme management
services, as well as manufacturing key
components. Bell Chief Executive John Garrison
stressed that the agreement does not include any
technology transfer from the military Bell/Boeing
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