If the new project takes off, passengers can expect to travel from Newark to Frankfurt in four hours and in a real game changer, all the way across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Tokyo in just six hours.
The first age of supersonic flight ended when costs became prohibitive after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The allure of the Concorde also took a serious hit with a freak accident that brought down one of the Air France planes in 2000. But the new project by United is keeping alive the dream that civilian passengers could soon break the sound barrier again — at least those with deep enough pockets.
As for the rest of us, we’d settle for getting regular, slow coach, international airliners back in the skies following the pandemic.
‘Neither optimistic nor pessimistic’
The US is “neither optimistic, nor pessimistic” about the prospects of ongoing talks about rejoining the Iran nuclear deal, but challenges remain, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Thursday. He spoke a few hours after Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araghchi, said that the next round of nuclear talks in Vienna could be the final one, according to Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA.
Price said the previous five rounds of talks “helped to crystallize the choices that Iran would need to make” to resume compliance with the nuclear deal and had helped “illuminate” what the US would need to do, including lifting sanctions. Nevertheless, Price said rather ominously, “there remain questions as to whether there is a seriousness of purpose and a determination on the part of all parties to resume compliance with the deal.”