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Airbus in partnership to build supersonic passenger jet

Credit: Aerion Corporation

More details are emerging of aircraft maker Airbus' partnership to build a supersonic passenger jet. It would be the first since Concorde.

The Aerion AS2 will fly at Mach 1.5 (or one and half times the speed of sound) saving three hours in flight time across the Atlantic.

Airbus employs 6,000 at its factory at Broughton in Flintshire.

Credit: Aerion Corporation

Airbus will provide technical assistance.. The plan is to have the first aircraft in the air by 2021 and in service two years later.

Credit: Aerion Corporation

Twenty orders for the jet have been placed by Flexjet LLC.