|Quoting Aesma (Reply 47):|
To me the market for SST today is the super rich and them only.
You know, 65 years ago, people said that about flying. And Oceanliners were still built - the fastest, most luxurious ones the world has ever seen.
They were out of business soon.
Much the same happened to sailing ships 150 years ago. In the about 50 years in that steam and sail co-existed, sailing ships were improved more than in the previous 300 years. But the fat Lady has sung for the sail.
Presently, supersonic flight still seems to be too expensive to be economically viable. "Too expensive" can (and will!) be tackled from 2 sides:
- costs coming down (a roundtrip ticket Europe-USA costs rather less now than 20 years ago, when it also cost less than 20 years ago)
- incomes going up (50 years ago, trips from Europe to the USA were not affordable unless you were rich)
The only question is where the threshold is.