“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”
Supersonic Jet developer still needs a partner
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.