Boeing Sonic Cruiser Model at Boeing Customer Experience Center
The Boeing Sonic Cruiser was a concept airliner proposed by Boeing in 2001. It was distinguished from conventional jet airliners by its delta wing-canard configuration and a high-subsonic cruising speed of up to Mach 0.98. Boeing ended the Sonic Cruiser project in December 2002 in favor of launching the 7E7 which became the Dreamliner 787. The Sonic Cruiser was designed for rapid point-to-point connections for 200 to 250 passengers. The Sonic Cruiser promised 15-20% faster speed than conventional airliner without the noise pollution caused by the sonic boom from supersonic travel. The aircraft designed to fly in excess of 40,000 ft at a range of 6,000 to 10,000 miles. Boeing estimated the Sonic Cruiser´s fuel efficiency to be comparable to current wide body twin-engine airliners. Airlines however, owing to the high price of fuel and turbulent financial conditions preferred lower operating costs over higher speed. Much of the research from the Sonic Cruiser was applied to the 787, including carbon fiber reinforced plastic for the fuselage and wings, bleedless engines, cockpit and avionics design. It is for this reason that a Sonic Cruiser model is one of the first thing visitors see when they enter the Customer Experience Center.