Supersonic Jet developer still needs a partner

Business Jet Traveler » August 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 5:00am

Aerion reports that it is close to picking a manufacturing partner to lead development and production of its supersonic business jet. According to the Reno, Nev. company, it will then work with the manufacturer to confirm the Mach 1.6 jet's performance, costs and market. Aerion anticipates that the $80 million jet could be certified by late 2015.

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