Canadian Passenger Jet Reaches Supersonic Speeds in Tests

Canadian jet manufacturer Bombardier revealed that one of the company’s passenger jets recorded speeds above the speed of sound during preliminary tests.

The announcement came after a Global 7500 test vehicle shattered the sound barrier during a demonstration flight in May, reaching speeds of over Mach 1.015.

Bombardier then unveiled a new passenger aircraft Global 8000 and called it “The world’s fastest and longest-range purpose-built business jet.”

According to Bombardier, the Global 8000 jet has a capacity for up to 19 people, a range of 8,000 nautical miles (14,800 kilometers), and is set to surpass the speeds of the Global 7500.

“The Global 8000 aircraft leverages the outstanding attributes of the Global 7500 aircraft, providing our customers with a flagship aircraft of a new era,” said Éric Martel, CEO of Bombardier.

Bombardier also claimed to have flown the first passenger plane at supersonic speeds using sustainable aviation fuel.

United Airlines announced that supersonic routes could be available as early as 2029 after securing a deal to buy 15 supersonic jets. 

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