Imagine jetting between the Big Apple and Big Ben in less time than it takes to watch Hollywood’s latest blockbuster.
It’s not just a pie-in-the-sky dream. Check out the prototype for a new business jet called the SonicStar, which could reach speeds up to 2,664 miles per hour, reports the U.K.’s Daily Mail. Designed by a company called HyperMach, the jet would fly twice as fast as the Concorde, paring the journey between New York and London down to a measly two hours. Even better, that vacation-eating flight from New York to Sydney — which currently takes 20 hours or more with connections — would take just five hours on the new aircraft.
The SonicStar will use sophisticated engine technology to eliminate any potential sonic boom over land, reduce aerodynamic drag and cut jet emissions by 100 percent, according to the HyperMach Web site.
The design for the new jet made a splashy debut at the recent Paris Air Show, but you won’t be seeing this pointy-nosed plane at airports anytime soon; it’s not slated to launch until June 2021. And with only 20 seats onboard, you can bet that SonicStar tickets will cost quite a pretty penny.
At least we’ve got the next decade to start saving. In the meantime, you can prepare for that 15-hour slog to Sydney or Singapore with our 10 Ways to Survive a Long-Haul Flight.
– written by Sarah Schlichter