View Full Version : New French-Japanese supersonic passenger airplane to halve flight time

Jun 8, 2010, 17:01
This was originally announced in 2005.

BBC News : Japan tests supersonic jet model (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4325634.stm)

Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) has successfully tested a new design for a supersonic airliner.

An 11m (36ft) scale model was launched by rocket from the test site at Woomera in the Australian desert.

Officials at the aerospace agency said the test marked a major step forward in the development of supersonic flight technology.

When the real jet has been created, it should be able to halve the journey time from Tokyo to New York.

Japan Times : Japan, France to study superfast passenger jet to replace Concorde (http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nb20050615a5.html)

Japanese and French aerospace industry groups signed an accord Tuesday in France to study a next-generation supersonic passenger aircraft that would succeed the Concorde, which was taken out of service in 2003, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.

The next-generation airplane is expected to be equipped with 300 seats, triple the Concorde's capacity, and halve the flight time between Tokyo and New York, METI officials said.

The Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies and the French Aerospace Industries Association signed the agreement on bilateral cooperation for a three-year research project at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France, according to the ministry.

The project was supposed to last 3 years. In 2008, the GIFAS and SJAC agreed to extend the cooperation period until July 2011.

METI : Extension of period of the cooperative research on supersonic technologies (http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/data/nBackIssue20080716_01.html)

A picture of the prototype can be seen in the PDF file (Extension of period of the cooperative research on supersonic technologies) of the announcement. It looks quite a lot like the Concorde but with wider wings and a straight nose.

No news since then. MSNBC reported (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8229113/) in 2005 that "A new supersonic jet could be in operation by 2015". If they manage to complete it on schedule (which is doubtful in this industry) we would still have to wait at least five more years before flying from Europe to Japan in 5 or 6 hours.

Jun 9, 2010, 03:42
Just a few hours after writing this reminder of the French-Japanese cooperation in aeronautics, I read that Air France is going to use the new A380 jumbo jet for flights between Paris and Tokyo. It won't be faster, but at least it will be a bit more comfortable thanks to wider seats and better equipment. It is the first airline to use the A380 between Europe and Japan, as far as I know.