United Airlines to Buy 15 Supersonic Jet Aircraft from Boom Supersonic
United Airlines has agreed to purchase 15 supersonic aircraft from Boom Technology with an option to increase the order to 50 jets.
Boom Technology’s Boom Overture is a proposed supersonic passenger airliner that can travel at Mach 2.2 (1,300kn, 2,300km) with 55 passengers.
“Boom’s vision for the future of commercial aviation, combined with the industry’s most robust route network in the world, will give business and leisure travelers access to a stellar flight experience,” - Scott Kirby, United Airlines CEO.
Build with composite materials and powered by three dry 15,000-20,000 lbf turbofan engines, the aircraft can cut down flight duration by half.
Virgin Group, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, and other unnamed carriers have made orders for the aircraft totaling 91 orders since 2016.
Boom technology was also contacted by the United States Air Force to develop the Overture for possible use as the Air Force One.
Boom technology is expecting to finish building a test aircraft in 2025 and to achieve type certification by 2029 for a 2030 release.