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Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets Places Hold On Boeing-Backed Aerion’s AS2 Orders

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, Berkshire Hathaway’s private aircraft firm NetJets has halted plans to add supersonic jets to its fleet as Boeing Co (BA)-backed Aerion failed to raise funds for production. The world’s largest private jet company, NetJets informed in March that it had obtained purchase rights for 20 of Aerion’s AS2 aircraft.

“In the current financial environment, it has proven hugely challenging to close on the scheduled and necessary large new capital requirements to finalize the transition of the AS2 into production,” Aerion said in a statement.

NetJets supersonic fleet plans were on hold, after Aerion’s announcement, over financing issues.

“However, we remain interested in the future of supersonic aircraft and will investigate other ventures,” it said in a statement to Reuters.

Boeing, which made a strategic investment in Aerion in 2019, stated: “While we are disappointed Aerion could not secure additional funding to continue their work, we remain committed to working with innovative and creative partners who, like Aerion, continue to push limits on groundbreaking technology.”

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(Read Original Story: NetJets' supersonic plans delayed as Boeing-backed Aerion falters in Reuters)


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