Boeing is planning a normal plane (as in a tube with wings attatched) made of lightweight materials making it 20% cheaper to run.
“Boeing is definitely giving itself an escape hatch” from the Sonic Cruiser idea, said one aerospace industry executive who has been briefed on Boeing’s thinking.
The plane would hold 250 passengers travelling at Mach 0.82 - 0.85 as normal planes do now.
“If Boeing can build a conventional airplane that would have 20% better operating efficiencies, that would be a winning airplane,” John Plueger, president and chief operating officer - International Lease Finance Corp.
Heidi Wood of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter says that as passenger fares are the main focus of the airline industry, the Sonic Cruiser might have to wait
, “In terms of practicality, it may be simply a debate as to which airplane they do first,” she said.
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