An earlier version of this article misstated the destination of the crashed jet. It was flying to Istanbul from the Emirate of Sharjah, not from Istanbul to Sharjah.
“Big business tycoons from different countries keep asking us to make a personal supersonic plane based on the missile-carrying Tupolev Tu-160 or the long-range Tupolev-2M3 bomber. We get such messages regularly, some of them through the Russian defense agency Rosoboronexport,” Solozobov said, as quoted by TASS.
According to the engineer, the project, eyed by foreigners with deep pockets is feasible. The manufacturer reportedly could design a small supersonic passenger jet, if there were a businessman or a group of investors ready to finance the enterprise.
“I think it could be possible to make a supersonic business jet in the near future. It would be small-sized, having a long flying range, and could carry up to 25 businessmen a distance of several thousand kilometers in a couple of hours. We have the capacity to make such a plane, but we need a customer order,” he said.
Gulfstream’s passion for innovation was born with that first flight, but raw imagination has matured into a dedication for designing the most sophisticated, best-performing business aircraft in the world. Look at any aircraft in the Gulfstream fleet―from the flagship Gulfstream G650ER to the super-midsize Gulfstream G280 ―to understand how The World Standard™ in business aviation is not just a tagline, but an enduring business philosophy.
Gulfstream created a new class of travel with the flight of the first purpose-built business aircraft. Similar innovations span decades of aviation history.
Gulfstream was the first civilian aircraft manufacturer to develop an enhanced vision system. The infrared-assisted vision system changed the way pilots fly at night and in obscured-vision situations. Gulfstream advancements also brought a synthetic vision terrain mapping system, the first in-flight high-speed Internet access and an in-flight computerized monitoring system that notifies technicians when service is due.
Jetcraft’s third-annual ten-year business aviation market forecast has been released. The report projects the sector entering a new business cycle of steadier, healthier growth and expanding revenues.
Aircraft delivery totals by manufacturer and aircraft class, totaling $252 billion in revenues (based on 2017 pricing) through 2026
Which aircraft manufacturers will take top positions through 2026, in terms of market share for both unit deliveries and revenue?