Construction planning has started on Aerion Supersonic's global headquarters, which may create 750 new jobs — including aircraft builders, designers, engineers, programmers and
Supersonic Aircraft Facility Coming to Melbourne!
Dated: February 1 2021
Construction planning has started on Aerion Supersonic's global headquarters, which may create 750 new jobs — including aircraft builders, designers, engineers, programmers and scientists.
Aerion hopes to start manufacturing its AS2 business jet in 2023 at its future 110-acre campus at Orlando Melbourne International Airport.
“Absolutely amazing: 750 new jobs. They're all over $100,000. There's $375 million worth of internal infrastructure going into the facility," Greg Donovan, airport executive director, said Thursday during a Melbourne Regional Chamber retreat at Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place.
"They’re going to manufacture the U.S.’s first large-scale production supersonic business aircraft," Donovan said.
In April, Aerion officials announced they would move their headquarters from Reno, Nevada, to Melbourne. Space Florida announced it had finalized a "multi-million-dollar investment" in the project in August.
Areion's AS2 supersonic jet customer order backlog now exceeds $6.5 billion among domestic and international customers, the company announced Thursday. Company officials plan to deliver 300 aircraft over 10 years of production.
“This is a truly exciting day for Aerion as we launch our new home and the future of sustainable supersonic flight here in Melbourne, Florida,” Tom Vice, Aerion chairman, president and CEO, said in a press release.
“We are building the future of mobility — a future where humanity can travel between any two points on our planet in three hours or less," Vice said.
"We will change the world and bring a new sustainable means of supersonic and hypersonic flight to reality and it will happen here, at Aerion Park," he said.
The campus buildings will span 2 million square feet, including an aircraft assembly facility equivalent in size to 14 football fields.
Aerion has opened a temporary office location at the airport.
The new headquarters campus is projected to create at least 675 Florida jobs by 2026. During an April news conference, Gov. Ron DeSantis said these jobs will boast average salaries of $105,000 per year.
The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast praised news of Aerion commencing construction in Melbourne.
"Aerion Supersonic's new headquarters solidifies the Space Coast as a premier global location for the pioneers of high-tech industry," EDC President and CEO Lynda Weatherman said in a press release.
"The company's state-of-the-art campus will further embolden our base of sophisticated enterprises and 21st-century assets," Weatherman said.
- The Florida Today, Rick Neale
Born and raised in Melbourne, FL, Scott Loveridge is a true local expert in the Real Estate Market. He became interested in Real Estate as a child from his Grandpa who was a well-known developer in t....