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Boeing marked an event to celebrate its 100th anniversary by laying out new grand ambitions for the future of the company, which could see the return of supersonic air travel as well as passenger trips into space.
According to company chief executive Dennis Muilenburg, although such space trips could still be decades away they are in the tentative roadmap and the CEO believes that when they do happen, Boeing will be leading the way.
“I’m anticipating that person will be riding on a Boeing rocket,” he told Reuters.
Slightly less ambitious plans also include the return of a Concorde-like method of supersonic travel for the masses.
However, Muilenburg said Boeing is making “disciplined” decisions about the future, so as to ensure the company’s survival – and most likely avoid the same ultimate decommissioning as Concorde.
Concorde, made by BAC/BAE, was permanently grounded in 2003, following Airbus’ decision to stop maintenance support, and a fatal crash in 2000 in Paris.
While critics of the non-environmentally friendly aircraft and anyone living under its flight path would probably disagree, commercial air travel took a step backwards in 2003. Boeing, at least, looks to want to rectify that.
Airbus also hasn’t given up on the dream of bringing back supersonic travel, and began work towards this goal with projects like the Hikari project.