Sir Richard Benson has revealed the prototype of a new supersonic aircraft that claims to halve the time that is spent travelling between London and New York to three hours and 15 minutes.
The XB-1 has been nicknamed as “Baby Boom” and is claimed to be the world’s fastest civil aircraft ever made and promises to give passengers “affordable” supersonic travel. While the first commercial flight is not expected until 2023, the price of a flight between London and New York is currently set at £2,500 each way.
The new aircraft has a cruising speed of Mach 2.2 or 1,451mph, which is 10 per cent faster than Concorde’s speed of Mach 2 (the speed of sound is measured as Mach 1) and 2.6 times faster than other airliners. The new plane can carry up to 40 passengers at a time.