It's 2039, and a major merger in the global corporate world is on the verge of being closed.
The head of a Fortune 500 company is ready to seal the deal, but he needs to be in Beijing as quickly as possible.
In the past, going from New York City to Beijing would take the better part of a day; but by 2039, flying halfway around the world has changed. Now, thanks to planes flying faster at just short of supersonic levels, what was once a 13-hour journey has become a seven-hour flight.
Henry Harteveldt, travel industry analyst at Atmosphere Research Group, envisions this possibility in 25 years.
"This would obviously be very expensive and intended for the folks whom time is money," Harteveldt said. "But in 25 years this may become more economically viable."
Welcome to the future of flying, or at least one vision of what it could be like in 2039.