Boeing Reveals Plans For Plane That Could Travel From Europe To Australia In Five Hours
Have you ever fancied a trip to Australia, but been put off by the thought of spending an entire day on a plane? Then I have good news for you, because aircraft manufacturer Boeing has revealed plans for a flight between Australia and Europe that takes just five hours.
During a presentation at the 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics Aviation, the US company shared designs for a new plane that could travel at up to 4038mph (6500kph) - or five times the speed of sound, if you want to get technical about it.
Kevin Bowcutt, who has the brilliant job title of chief hypersonic scientist, said: "We're excited about the potential of hypersonic technology to connect the world faster than ever before.
"Boeing is building upon a foundation of six decades of work designing, developing and flying experimental hypersonic vehicles."
He didn't specify a time-frame of when the plane will be a reality, but it's believed that the new aircraft could be here and ready for passenger flights in the next 20 to 30 years.
In a statement, the company said: "This is just one of several hypersonic vehicle concepts spanning a wide range of potential applications company engineers are studying.
"Engineers are working company-wide to develop enabling technology which will position the company for the time when customers and markets are ready to reap the benefits of hypersonic flight."
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Earlier this year, Qantas Airways performed the first non-stop flight from London to Perth using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The plane took 17 hours to make the 9,009-mile journey, shaving three hours off the usual flight time, which involves a stop-off and re-fuel in the Middle East.
The inauguralflight's captain Lisa Norman told the West Australian: "We have been working towards (this) for the past three years and it's very exciting.
"When I joined Qantas not in my wildest imagination would I have thought this possible."
The Dreamliners boast 42 business class flat-bed seats, 28 premium economy seats and 166 economy seats; they also have bigger windows, improved air quality and smart tech that reduces turbulence. Fancy.
Aviation consultant John Strickland told the Press Association: "It will be a further test of how successful airlines can be with ultra-long-haul flying and whether this delivers sufficient profitability to justify the investment in aircraft.
"Qantas will certainly be hoping to attract a higher proportion of premium customers due to the speed advantage combined with the 787's better cabin atmosphere."
I'll bet I'll still get sat beside a screaming baby, though.
Featured Image Credit: Boeing