United Airlines has reportedly agreed to purchase 15 supersonic aircrafts from Denver-based Boom Technology Inc., with additional plans of increasing the count to 50 jets once the essential safety requirements are met.
Boom’s first commercial supersonic plane named Overture is still under construction. After passing relevant inspection tests, it is slated to be completely operational by 2029, cited sources aware of the development.
Overture is set to become the only supersonic aircraft with net zero-carbon emissions and will operate fully on sustainable aviation fuel, as stated by Boom. The supersonic jet will be able to fly twice the speed of the fastest aircraft in today's market, cutting the flight times in half.
Boom claims that the journey from New York to London, a typically 7-hour journey, will be covered within 3.5 hours. Similarly, the travel from Los Angeles to Sydney, which is normally a 15-hour journey, would be reduced to just under 7 hours.
United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby mentioned that the recent development reflects on the company’s efforts of developing innovative and sustainable airlines. The introduction of supersonic aircraft will offer the travelers an experience of a stellar flight, he added.
For assurance, Boom has unveiled the XB-1 demonstrator aircraft which is scheduled to fly with passengers by 2029. The actual aircraft is slated to be 205 feet long with a capacity of 88 passengers including the crew.
Predominantly, it will have a flying altitude of 60,000 feet and is expected to fly at speeds of Mach 1.7, sources claimed.
Although the two companies are working towards adopting as well as promoting sustainable flying solutions, environmentalists have raised concerns that faster aircraft speeds will give rise to more pollution.
It is worth noting here that major U.S. airlines have co-jointly committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. The companies have also partnered with various stakeholders as well as the government to boost the production and commercialization of sustainable aviation fuel.