On Tuesday, American Airlines said that it had placed an order for 20 supersonic jets capable of travelling at twice the speed of the fastest commercial aircraft in use today.
Previously, Japan Airlines in 2017 and United Airlines in 2021 announced supersonic orders from Boom Aviation in Denver; now, American has joined their ranks.
Boom CEO Blake Scholl has said, “We want to go supersonic as rapidly as possible.” “We believe this is something the world needs.”
The Overture plane can make the trip from Miami to London in under 5 hours, rather than the usual 8 hours and 40 minutes, for a price similar to that of a first-class ticket.
The current push by airlines to achieve supersonic speeds is reminiscent of an earlier effort to do the same.
After a catastrophic crash in 2000, the Concorde, a trans-Atlantic supersonic commercial jet, stopped flying over the Atlantic Ocean at twice the speed of sound in 2003. After the British and French governments helped pay for its creation, the theatre barely broke even with tickets priced at $12,000.
Travellers should expect an improved experience on the new Overture plane from Boom Aviation, which is expected to be smaller, quieter, and somewhat slower than the Concorde.
Scholl remarked that due to the altitude, “every seat” would include a huge window through which passengers could take in sights such as “the curvature of the planet” and “the sky a richer blue.”
The airline also claims that its planes would be completely carbon neutral, as they will only burn carbon-neutral fuels to transport passengers from one country to another.
Boom is looking to build a “mega plant” in North Carolina.
According to Scholl, Overture aircraft will be needed to transport millions of people worldwide who could benefit from supersonic travel.
According to a press release from American, the firm plans to begin operating 20 Overture jets by 2029. The release did not include information about how much the company spent on the planes.
According to the press release, American’s arrangement with Boom allows the airline to purchase an extra 40 planes.
Speeding up has environmentalists worried about the increase in pollutants that will result. Aircraft account for about 2% of all man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, but it is well-known that supersonic planes are far more harmful. Even though achieving carbon neutrality is a stated aim for Boom, the fact remains that increasing speed necessitates the use of additional fuel.
The company had hoped to commence XB-1 demonstrator test flights in 2017, with actual passenger service beginning in 2020. The company stated that the first flight of the demonstrator is likely to take place this year, and it has already started taxi tests at Centennial Airport near Denver. Boom is also researching potential solutions for the sonic boom caused by a plane travelling at supersonic speeds.