Aerion Supersonic and Avion Pacific form strategic partnership
Reno, NV – 9 December 2020 – Supersonic aircraft company, Aerion, the leader in supersonic technology and Avion Pacific a leader in general aviation services in Asia have enter into a strategic collaboration which aligns the two companies to expand Aerion’s Asia Pacific presence and deliver ultra-luxury supersonic flight to customers in the region.
The new partnership amplifies Aerion’s global reach and opens a gateway to Asia through Avion Pacific’s eminent position as market leader in private aviation services across Asia. Avion has placed a multi-aircraft order for the AS2 supersonic business jet, which commences production in 2023. This order represents the first AS2 customers in China and extends Aerion’s global order backlog for the AS2 to a value of more than $6.5 billion.
“This partnership signals another major milestone as we look to establish Aerion as the definitive global name in supersonic travel,” says Aerion Chairman, President & CEO, Tom Vice. “We are delighted to welcome Avion Pacific to our ever-expanding global team and look forward to our future collaboration as we bring a new era in sustainable supersonic travel, encapsulated in a unique luxury user experience to customers around the world.”
The AS2 will seamlessly combine sustainable supersonic flight with a new standard in luxury experience, yielding time savings of more than five hours on certain trans-pacific routes relative to other ultra-long-range aircraft.
As a preferred partner, Avion Pacific will collaborate with Aerion to offer expert Asia Pacific market intelligence and also support ongoing sales and marketing efforts as Aerion continues to build a presence in the region.
Since its inception in 1993, Avion Pacific has been at the forefront of business and general aviation growth in China and the Asia Pacific. Headquartered in Shenzhen, but with offices in major Asian cities, Avion Pacific’s services include fixed and rotary aircraft sales and distribution, special project consulting and support, aircraft flight services, spare parts distribution, aircraft leasing and financing and advanced rotary crew training and support.
“We are excited and honoured to be partners with Aerion and to be at the forefront of introducing supersonic travel to the Asia Pacific region. The AS2 offers Asian clients significant travel time savings, with a leap forward in luxury & cabin experience, in the first carbon neutral aircraft. The AS2 is an aircraft that will shape the future of private aviation in Asia and globally and we at Avion Pacific wanted to be part of that,” says Avion Pacific Chairman, Wu Zhendong.
Aerion’s pursuit of faster point-to-point travel begins with the launch of the AS2 supersonic business jet. Designed to be inherently environmentally responsible from first flight, the AS2 is the first supersonic aircraft designed to be powered by 100% engineered synthetic fuel and reach supersonic speeds without the need for an afterburner.
The manufacture of 300 AS2 aircraft is planned for the first decade of production. The AS2 will be the first aircraft to be assembled at the company’s new global headquarters in Melbourne, Florida – Aerion Park. The state-of-the-art development – powered by sustainable technology – will incorporate headquarters operations plus an integrated campus for research, design, build, and maintenance of the company’s supersonic aircraft.