I’m sure we’ve all dreamed about visiting Australia, but the thought of spending 20+ hours in the confinements of an aeroplane has put us off.
However, US company Boeing has revealed plans for a new commercial aircraft that could see speeds of up to 3,806 mph (6,125 km/h) or five times the speed of sound.
The new hypersonic aeroplane is just one of a few plans Boeing has under their belt, revealing them at the 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics Aviation.
New speeds mean flights from London to New York could take just 2 hours, smashing Concord’s record of 2 hours and 52 minutes, while flights to Australia could be cut to just 5 to 6 hours.
Kevin Bowcutt, Chief Scientist of Hypersonics, said: “We’re excited about the potential of hypersonic technology to connect the world faster than ever before.
“Boeing is building upon a foundation of six decades of work designing, developing and flying experimental hypersonic vehicles, which makes us the right company to lead the effort in bringing this technology to market in the future.”
Bowcutt told Aviation Week: “When you look at the problem of getting from point A to point B anywhere in the world, the question is how fast do you want to go and how fast is fast enough?”
“Supersonic isn’t really fast enough to go overseas and back in one day. For the business traveller or the military, where time is really important, that’s an interesting point.
“Mach 5 is where you can do that. You can get across the Atlantic in about two hours and across the Pacific in about three hours.”
It’s not expected to be with us until the late 2030’s, but we can still dream, right?