Bloomberg Businessweek (Europe) - - TECHNOLOGY - −Ash­lee Vance

but Scholl won’t say how. “You kind of de­sign a plane around an en­gine rather than the other way around,” Aboulafia says. “Let me know when we can hear their en­gine.”

Be­yond next year’s test flight, Scholl isn’t pro­vid­ing a time­line for reg­u­lar pas­sen­ger travel. He says only that a U.K.-based air­line he won’t name has signed a let­ter of in­tent to pur­chase $2 bil­lion worth of planes when they’re ready and that he’ll keep refining the de­sign to make trips way more af­ford­able. “I want to live in a world where you can get any­where in five hours for $100,” he says. “That will take decades, but I think we’ll get there.”

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