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TRAVELLING IN A HURRY? HOW’S THIS FOR FAST?!

20 November 2012

Air Charter Service arranges charters on some of the fastest passenger aircraft available anywhere in the world. Currently the Cessna Citation X, which climbs 43,000 feet in 30 minutes and travels 700 miles per hour, is the quickest private jet on the market. Air Charter Service is looking forward to early next year when the G650 will be the next luxury executive jet to take the leading place as the fastest civil aircraft to date, travelling at a maximum speed of 800 miles per hour. We expect to have the G650 available for charter in the first quarter of 2013.

There is no doubt that aviation technology has changed the way we live, from the exotic food we pick up daily at supermarkets to our cross-continental holidays - cargo and passenger aircraft make it possible for us to go anywhere and get anything in world in less than twenty four hours. The speed of air transport is even helping to save lives; Air Charter Service recently chartered a King Air a donor organs from Germany to the UK for an urgent operation.

Since the emergence of controlled and sustained flights by the Wright Brothers in 1903, aircraft technology in aviation has come a long way. The first aircraft was made from camber wings and sprocket chain twin propellers, and reached a mere seven miles per hour. Fast-forward 109 years to the present day where there are now more than 270,000 planes in the world. At Air Charter Service, we have access to over 50,000 of these, getting you just about anywhere in the world in 24 hours.

There have been many milestones in aviation over the last century; from Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly across the Atlantic, to the commercialisation of supersonic jets. Concorde was certainly the pinnacle of business travel in the 1980s and 90s and in the next ten to fifteen years supersonic jets are predicted to make the journey from London to Sydney in around four hours. Boeing, Aerion and Gulfstream Aerospace are among several firms developing technologies for supersonic business jets which will reach around 2,800 miles per hour.There will be many barriers these pioneering organisations will need to overcome to avoid the fate of Concorde; the noise produced when taking off, the sonic boom and the high atmosphere emissions. Along with overcoming these barriers, there will be pushes to increase the speed of travel, improve aircraft efficiency and develop sustainable powered technology in electric aircraft. One man at the forefront of these developments is Erik Lindbergh, Grandson of Charles and Air Charter Service brand ambassador. Erik Lindbergh is heavily involved in commercial space travel and is head of the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Project (LEAP).

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