I'm with RIX
here, I want Aerion built, put in biz jet service, then offered in a 20-30 seat version, (or what you can fit in to provide reasonable comfort and not bollocks up the range too much).
Then I want BA
to buy this version.
Then I want to be part of the maint/operations team on it.
So then I'd get at least the odd airtest on it.
An unexpected second supersonic chance.
You could never match the speed, service and comfort, (much better than many imagine), of Concorde.
I regard my last supersonic, OAE's retirement to BGI
, as 'my Apollo 17'.
But an 'airline Aerion' would be pretty close, better yet, the aircraft looks very 'do-able'.
Unlike virtually every other proposed SST, some SSBJ's too.
Not Mach 2 or course, but an executive Aerion could leave LHR
much earlier to Concorde by being much, much quieter.
(Having said that, we did, at weekends, operate plenty of 'extra' BGI
's', start of charters, with push back times from 07.20-09.20).
I regard the Sonic Cruiser, liked our beloved white bird, as mainly a victim of Sep 11th.
Wouldn't have cared much for a LHR
trip on SC
, compared to Conc, still way too slow.
But plenty of other routes where it would make a difference, as well as looking great to arrive on!
I'd have liked to see BA
's in short.
Maybe one day.