Business or First Class seating arrangements will be available.
The aircraft design also aims to help lead the way toward the use of state-of-the-art sustainable aviation fuel.
The jet would take off and land like any other passenger aircraft and be expected to integrate into existing airport infrastructure and international airspace around the world.
Virgin Galactic said in a statement: “The design philosophy of the aircraft is geared around making high speed travel practical, sustainable, safe, and reliable, while making customer experience a top priority.
“Virgin Galactic is designing the aircraft for a range of operational scenarios, including service for passengers on long-distance commercial aviation routes.”
Virgin hopes to “open up a new frontier in high-speed travel” with the new plane.
George Whitesides, Chief Space Officer, Virgin Galactic said: “We are excited to complete the Mission Concept Review and unveil this initial design concept of a high-speed aircraft, which we envision as blending safe and reliable commercial travel with an unrivalled customer experience.”
He continued: “We are pleased to collaborate with the innovative team at Rolls-Royce as we strive to develop sustainable, cutting-edge propulsion systems for the aircraft, and we are pleased to be working with the FAA to ensure our designs can make a practical impact from the start.
“We have made great progress so far, and we look forward to opening up a new frontier in high-speed travel.”
The update from Virgin Galactic follows the successful completion of its Mission Concept Review (MCR” program milestone and authorisation from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Center for Emerging Concepts and Innovation to work with Virgin Galactic to outline a certification framework.
The MCR concluded that the team can progress to the next phase of design.
This consists of defining specific system architectures and configurations, and determining which materials to use in the design and manufacturing of the aircraft.
The team will also work to address key challenges in thermal management, maintenance, noise, emissions, and economics that routine high-speed commercial flights would entail.
“This marks an exciting step forward,” said Virgin Galactic.
“We are excited to partner with Virgin Galactic and TSC to explore the future of sustainable high speed flight.”
“Rolls-Royce brings a unique history in high speed propulsion, going back to the Concorde, and offers world-class technical capabilities to develop and field the advanced propulsion systems needed to power commercially available high-Mach travel.”
Source Daily Express :: Travel Feed