'New Concorde' on the cards

16 Jun 2005 by business traveller

The days of commercial supersonic travel may not be over.

Less than two years after Concorde was withdrawn from service, Japanese and French aircraft engineers are looking to develop a new supersonic jet.

The first route mooted for supersonic flight is New York-Tokyo. The aircraft will seat up to 300 people, according to Japanese authorities, and would almost cut the flight time between New York and Tokyo in half to six hours. It will not be ready until around 2015.

According to reports from theParis air show, the two countries have secured over £1 million in funding to develop the aircraft, which would be cleaner and more efficient than Concorde according to the Japanese authorities.

Report by Ginny McGrath

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