In a statement, Aerospace startup Boom Supersonic said, it hopes to resurrect supersonic commercial air travel across the Atlantic, which was last seen when British Airways and Air France flew the SST Concorde in the 1970s.
Boom Supersonic is aiming to fly 65 passengers from New York to London in little more than three-and-one-half hours, Newark to Frankfurt in four hours and, later San Francisco to Tokyo in six hours.
“You know our ultimate goal is high speed flight for everybody,” said Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic while adding, “To make the fastest flight also the most affordable … that is what we are going to see happen here. Supersonic flight is going to displace subsonic flight as the best way for everyone to travel over long distances.”
The startup is in the process of building a 1/3 scale prototype of the supersonic aircraft and hopes to begin flight tests in 2022.
It is also planning to invest in a factory for the Overture in 2022, with planes rolling off the assembly line in 2025. It is aiming for first passenger flights in 2029.
The plane will run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel, and will be built using carbon that has been removed from the atmosphere.
Incidentally, United Airlines has a provisional purchase agreement with Boom Supersonic for 15 of its supersonic aircraft with an option to acquire 35 more.