Would you like to know about the fastest passenger planes in the world? Insider Monkey recently published an article in which we can find the great answers for this question. Earlier it seemed certain that supersonic was the future of commercial passenger planes. Supersonic transport aircraft (SST) were considered the top of the line in passenger transportation and several of them were being developed in the late 1960s and 1970s. Only two SSTs, however, saw active service, Tupolev Tu-144, and much more famous Concorde.
The Soviets flew first, two months before the Anglo-French plane. Two planes were so similar that Western press nicknamed Tu-155 “Concordski” and there was plenty of rumors about KGB’s involvement in industrial espionage. Tu-144 had a very short history, due to many problems it experienced, including the one that led to 1973 Paris Air Show crash, which killed 14 people (crew of six and eight people on the ground). In 1978 another crash sealed the fate of the Concordski. What killed SSTs around the world was the economy. The oil crisis that rocked the world in 1970 persuaded airline companies to seek planes that were primarily cheap to operate. Neither of the SST was in that category, by any stretch of the imagination and the operating costs for Concorde were astronomical, which led to equally outrageous ticket prices.
Without a further ado, let”s see Insider Monkey’s list, from where we have picked two planes. The first plane is Embraer ERJ 145 series, the cruise speed: Mach 0.8, Engines: 2. The first airliner on our list is a family of Brazilian jets, called Embraer ERJ 145 series. Equipped with Rolls-Royce AE 3007, ERJ 145 suffered several setbacks during the design process and early manufacturing. At one time, it was even shelved by the company in 1992. The delivery finally started in 1996, with some 890 airliners delivered. The production was continued in China for the local market until 2016. The second one is Bombardier C Series. Cruise Speed: Mach 0.82, Engines: 2. Bombardier C Series is one of the most modern designs on our list. Its creation started in 2004, under the imaginative name New Commercial Aircraft Program. Bombardier tasked Gary Scott with the supervision and evaluation of the new design, which was offered to the airlines in 2005. The production was planned to start in 2013, however, financial difficulties postponed that date several times. The future of C-series was hanging in the balance, but it was saved by the Canadian government’s bailout. Finally, the first customer, Swiss Global Air Lines, received its order of three CS100 airliners in 2016.
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