2007-11-18 - Aerion SST first saleFirst Aerion Supersonic Business Jet sold
Scheich Raschid kauft Überschall-Geschäftsreisejet<br /> Aerion, through its international sales distributor ExecuJet, has taken an order for its supersonic business jet from Shk. Rashid Bin Humaid Al Noaimi, Head of Ajman Municipality and Planning Department.
He signed a letter of intent at the Dubai AirShow. "We believe that Mach 1.6 is the new speed of leadership," commented Aerion Vice Chairman Brian Barents. "Sheik. Rashid will be one of the first world leaders to routinely fly above the speed of sound. We are extremely honored by this tangible endorsement of Aerion and its groundbreaking supersonic design."
Aerion announced on Sunday 11 November, at the opening of the Dubai AirShow, that it was opening the order book for its innovative Aerion jet, appointing Zurich, Switzerland ExecuJet as its international sales agent outside the Americas. Interest since then has been strong and a number of discussions are underway. Aerion and ExecuJet expect this will lead to further sales as a result of discussions initiated at the Dubai Show. On behalf of Aerion, ExecuJet is now offering 40 early delivery positions to customers for a per-aircraft launch price of US$80 million in 2007 dollars.
The Aerion supersonic business jet was formally unveiled in October 2004. Since then, wind tunnel and other tests have taken the aircraft to an advanced stage of design. To formally launch the program and begin construction, Aerion is seeking to recruit a well regarded aircraft manufacturer to serve as program integrator. Aerion is in discussions with candidate companies and anticipates an agreement within the first half of 2008. That would allow the Aerion supersonic jet to enter service as soon as 2014.