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Airlines increasingly are turning to private jet charters to fill the financial gap that a flight attendant strikes when flying business class. And if Boeing’s latest new jet, dubbed the Boeing Mach 5, can exceed expectations, it could become the most expensive option in the sky.
The company has tested the airplane’s eight-seat cabin — known as the Mach 5 “Extra-Wide-Body” aircraft — on a 1,000-mile round trip between Orlando and Los Angeles, according to its website. The company is touting the Mach 5, which stands for Mach Speed of Mach 38, as the “fastest passenger aircraft ever built.”
Boeing noted that besides rapid speed, the aircraft can carry 50 people in coach.
The research comes as regulators are busy reviewing the new aircraft, which will compete with the existing Airbus A350-900, the Boeing 787 and the A350-1000, according to Bloomberg News.
The companies that have already invested in or are exploring the Mach 5 include Emirates Airlines, Lion Air, Singapore Airlines, Swire Pacific Airways, Jetstar Pacific, Endeavor Air, Qantas Group and Transaero Airlines, Bloomberg said.
The University of Birmingham in the U.K. has developed a 656-mile simulated flight for Boeing in a test simulator that is based on the plane. The flight itself will start at the university and end in Los Angeles, about a five-hour flight, Bloomberg said.
If the Boeing Mach 5 takes flight, it could be one of the most expensive options in the sky — the $70.9 million price tag for the eight-passenger version of the plane is up almost $50 million compared to the $59.6 million for the same aircraft today, according to Bloomberg.
The planes are expected to fly around 2018 and 2021, with their American cities being Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, Atlanta, Las Vegas, San Francisco and other cities.