Europe to Australia in 5 hours: Boeing builds hypersonic plane

Hitting speeds of up to 6,500 km/h, the aircraft could fly 5 times faster than sound

Long-haul flights could become history as Boeing has unveiled plans to build a revolutionary hypersonic plane.

At the 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics Aviation in Atlanta, the company has presented their plans for an unnamed aircraft, that could reach speeds of up to 6,500 km/h.

Beating the speed of sound by five times, the plane could fly passengers from Europe to Australia in just about 5 hours.

Kevin Bowcutt, Boeing’s chief hypersonic scientist, said the aircraft would revolutionise global travel.

“We’re excited about the potential of hypersonic technology to connect the world faster than ever before,” he said.

“Boeing is building upon a foundation of six decades of work designing, developing and flying experimental hypersonic vehicles.”

Boeing said the aircraft would be capable of carrying passengers while travelling at full-speed, which would allow commercial or even military use.

“This is just one of several hypersonic vehicle concepts spanning a wide range of potential applications company engineers are studying,” a statement from the company said.

“Engineers are working company-wide to develop enabling technology which will position the company for the time when customers and markets are ready to reap the benefits of hypersonic flight.”

Boeing is joining the attempts to build hypersonic concepts of their competition. In February 2018, a team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences unveiled a designed aircraft that could reach speeds of 6,000 km/h.

Another company, Supersonic Boom, aims to reduce travel time from London to New York to three hours by 2025 by using an aircraft that reaches 1,687 mph, 100 mph faster than Concorde and 2.6 times faster than any other aircraft currently available.

Mr Bowcutt did not speculate on the exact timing for when the Boeing aircraft could become a reality, but he guessed it might be possible for passengers to fly on the vehicle within 20 to 30 years.