Aerospace startup Boom Supersonic aims to revive supersonic commercial air travel

Aug. 17 (Reuters) – Boom Supersonic, an aerospace start-up, hopes to resuscitate faster-than-sound commercial air travel across the Atlantic, unheard of since the SST Concorde flown by British Airways and Air France in the 1970s.

The Boom Overture is expected to carry 65 passengers from New York to London in just over three and a half hours, from Newark to Frankfurt in four hours, and ultimately from San Francisco to Tokyo in six hours.

“You know our ultimate goal is high speed flight for everyone,” said Blake Scholl, CEO and Founder of Boom.

“So that the fastest flight is also the most affordable … that’s what we’re going to see happen here. Supersonic flight will replace subsonic flight as the best way for everyone to travel long distances. . “

Boom is building a 1/3 scale prototype of the aircraft and hopes to start test flights next year. It also plans to start construction of a factory for the Overture in 2022, with planes leaving the assembly line in 2025, followed by the first passenger flights in 2029.

Scholl said the plane will run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel, built from carbon that has been removed from the atmosphere.

United Airlines has entered into a tentative deal with Boom Supersonic to acquire 15 of its as yet undeveloped aircraft, with an option to acquire 35 more. (Written by Diane Craft, edited by Steve Orlofsky)

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