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Podcast: Virgin – broke or breaking ground?

written by Tasha Levy | August 13, 2020

An artistic rendering of Virgin Galactic’s proposed supersonic jet.

Virgin Galactic is in the headlines this week for unveiling concept plans for an extraordinary new supersonic jet, despite Virgin Atlantic only recently filing for bankruptcy protection. In the age of COVID-19 in which most airlines are barely surviving, is it possible to consider a future for supersonic travel?

Adam Thorn and Christian “Boo” Boucousis are back for another episode of the World of Aviation podcast to discuss the driving force behind Concorde’s demise, and whether Virgin’s strategy of appealing to a luxury market is a wise commercial decision.

Hear Adam and Boo reflect on the spectrum of COVID-19 safe policies across different airlines, from Southwest Airlines to Qatar Airways, and how the lack of border closure consistency is affecting the aviation industry.

They also delve into the recent surge in “flights to nowhere”, what’s involved in keeping an aircraft active while grounded, and how accurately sims can simulate the experience of encountering unexpected hurdles.


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