Got that ZEHST for Traveling? A New Seaweed Powered Plane Will Fly You From London to Tokyo in Just Two Hours

A well-known multinational aerospace and defense company based in Toulouse, France, is getting ready to take travelers to new skies through supersonic engines powered with biofuel made from seaweed.

While it may sound like a pie-in-sky idea, the Airbus Group got lots of aviation fans revved up at the recent Paris Air Show where they unveiled a model of its “son of supersonic” plane called ZEHST (Zero Emission Hyper Sonic Transport).

2015/The Airbus Group: ZEHST will fly you from London to Tokyo in just two hours.2015/The Airbus Group: ZEHST will fly you from London to Tokyo in just two hours.

ZEHST will shoot travelers high above the Earth’s atmosphere at an amazing Mach 4 speed (approximately 5,000 kmh). The plane, which will travel at four times faster than the speed of sound, marks a new chapter in the aviation industry since the days of the Concord that retired in 2003.

ZEHST will be much quieter and far faster than the Concord, claim its inventors. Even better and more importantly, this new plane is good for the environment in that its only emissions will be water.

Through conventional jets, extremely high-powered ramjets and rockets, the plane will take-off on a normal runway, fly into space and quickly land back down at its destination, meaning travel times to major city centers around the world will be dramatically reduced. A flight from London to Tokyo will take about two hours, and a flight from London to New York will be about 45 minutes.

2015/The Airbus Group: ZEHST will shoot travelers high above the Earth’s atmosphere at an amazing Mach 4 speed (approximately 5,000 kmh).2015/The Airbus Group: ZEHST will shoot travelers high above the Earth’s atmosphere at an amazing Mach 4 speed (approximately 5,000 kmh).

The Airbus Group first unveiled ZEHST only a few years ago and since has been busy with testing and building it. Each plane built will seat 100 passengers and costs per flight will be hefty. The price tag for a trip from London to Tokyo will likely run you about $10,000.00 (USD).

But don’t be too quick on getting out your credit card to book a trip on this new ride; it won’t be passenger-ready until at least 2050, or maybe sooner. The Airbus Group however does plan on having a small demonstrator plane ready for 2020.