News Listings for Boeing Sonic Cruiser

  • The future for Flight International

    News | 02 Jan 2009 00:01 | Murdo Morrison

    The launch of has taken the wider Flight brand to a much bigger online audience
  • Clipped wings

    News | 20 Dec 2005 00:00

    <P><STRONG>Remember the Sonic Cruiser? <EM>Flight International</EM> pays tribute to designs, like the VTOL HS141 and giant MD-12, that never made it off the drawing board</STRONG></P> <P>During the last 12 months two new airliner programmes have been given the go-ahead – the Airbus A350 and Boeing 747-8. While the former has evolved into a fully defined, launched programme after an extremely short gestation period, the other – an enlarged 747 – comes after nine years of deliberations.</P> <P align=center><IMG alt="DC 10" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=10769"></P> <P>Although the length of time Boeing has spent developing a bigger 747 design is something of a record – this magazine first wrote about plans for a stretched 747 in October 1968 – there have been many, many airliner projects that have had considerable time invested in their development before being cancelled. For this festive double issue, Flight International has trawled the archives for airliner projects that were
  • After the show - Forecasts

    News | 05 Aug 2002 23:00

    <p>MAX KINGSLEY-JONES</p> <p>Farnborough 2002 posed some challenging questions for the aerospace industry. What are the long-term prospects for the commercial airliner market? What will happen next in the volatile regional jet market? Can the USand European defence industries trulyco-operate? Are pan-industry events such as Farnborough appropriate showcases for narrowly focused industries like business aviation? Flight International takes a look behind the scenes in the search for some answers. </p> <p>Both Airbus and Boeing expect demand for airliners to begin recovering in 2004 </p> <p>The annual air show war of words between Airbus and Boeing was more subdued at Farnborough 2002, as neither could muster major orders to boast about. With the Airbus A380 and Boeing Sonic Cruiser now "old hat", and airlines not in a buying mood, the two rivals spent the week talking up future prospects as they looked forward to an industry upturn from late next year. </p> <p>Boeing's efforts to rea
  • Uncertainty threatens to delay Sonic Cruiser

    News | 29 Jul 2002 23:00

    <p>Uncertainty over market demand for the Sonic Cruiser may force Boeing to delay seeking board authority to offer the aircraft from the last quarter of this year to early 2003.</p> <p>Boeing Sonic Cruiser programme vice-president Walt Gillette says the company is &quot;just not sure&quot; of the chances of giving its marketing teams the go-ahead to start formally offering the aircraft before 2003. He adds, however: &quot;We are really focused on this [canard-equipped] configuration&quot; and suggests that studies of the mid-wing alternative concept are likely to end.</p> <p>Boeing chairman Phil Condit says the probability of Sonic Cruiser is &quot;pretty good, but not 100%&quot;.</p> <p>&quot;There have been intense discussions with airlines about the value of speed,&quot; says Boeing Commercial Airplanes president Alan Mulally. &quot;We don't know the answer yet. If it turns out that we can't value the time saving, then we will see what the next development should be.&quot; </p>
  • Sonic Cruiser's passengers are 'yet to be born'

    News | 24 Jul 2002 23:00

    <p>Boeing Sonic Cruiser head Walt Gillette has a ready answer for sceptics who say the aircraft will never be built. </p> <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=6686' /></p> <p>It will, he insists, and what's more, "most of the people who will fly on Sonic Cruiser have yet to be born." </p> <p>Gillette says that Sonic Cruiser is a quantum leap in aircraft design with a revenue life of up to 75 years. </p> <p>"It's extremely important that we get the design just right and that is going to take time," says Gillette, vice-president and programme manager. "This aircraft is the most significant development in airline design since the Boeing 707. </p> <p>Revenue </p> <p>"The Boeing 737 has generated $650 billion in revenue for airlines since it was introduced and we want Sonic Cruiser to repeat that success." </p> <p>Boeing is currently making thousands of design changes to its computer-based model, which is being evaluated with computational fluid dynamic simulations. </p> <p>G
  • Core values

    News | 01 Mar 2002 00:00

    General Electric has great plans for the GE90 but its near-term future is pinned on the longer-range 777s