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
  • Boeing studies 'mini 777' as Sonic Cruiser alternative

    News | 07 Nov 2002 04:28 | Andrew Doyle

    <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Boeing is pitching its ‘super efficient airplane’ concept to airlines as a long-range 200-250-seater that would be capable of matching the seat-mile operating costs of the larger 777 family.<u1:p></u1:p><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>The US manufacturer is studying the conventionally configured “reference aircraft” alongside three versions of the Sonic Cruiser and could make a decision on which aircraft to launch in 2003 if there is sufficient airline interest, Sonic Cruiser vice president and programme manager Walt Gillette said in a conference call with journalists in Asia today. Entry into service is tentatively targeted for 2008.<u1:p></u1:p><o:p></o:p></s
  • Boeing set to unveil finalized Sonic Cruiser design options

    News | 06 Nov 2002 20:14

    <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Boeing is expected to reveal today details of three finalized Sonic Cruiser design options and a “Super Efficient Airplane” baseline design to be offered to airlines as choices for the manufacturer’s next generation airliner, which could potentially be launched in 2003 for entry-into-service in 2008.<u1:p></u1:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>The three Sonic Cruiser candidates include the now familiar canard-equipped configuration, and two “mid-wing” alternatives with no canard and conventional empennages that can cruise at the same high Mach 0.98 speed range. One mid-wing design has aft-mounted engines similar to the original Sonic Cruiser design, while the alternative has forward-mounted engines and significantly more area-ruling of the fuselage.<u1:p></u1:p></p> <p cl
  • After the show - Forecasts

    News | 06 Aug 2002 00:00

    <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 | 30 Jul 2002 00:00

    <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>