A total of 20 supersonic jets will be sold to American Airlines by boom supersonic flight maker Boom Supersonic.
A Boom four-engine jet called the Overture is capable of speeds up to Mach 1.7 over water. It is twice as fast as the fastest commercial aircraft today. As a result, it takes just under five hours to fly from Miami to London, as opposed to the usual nine hours.
Earlier this year, United Airlines also announced that it would buy 15 Boom jets, and Virgin Atlantic partnered with Boom in 2016 to build and test planes to reduce the cost of flights.
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Boom now has an order for 130 planes to fill with the American Airlines deal. A further 40 jets are available for purchase through American’s options. It’s estimated to be worth $26 billion, according to Reuters. With 65-80 passengers on board, Boom’s Overture jets are expected to begin rolling off its Greensboro. North Carolina, production line in 2025, followed by test flights in 2026. The Overture may not arrive until 2029, despite Boom’s expectations, and its XB-1 jet is already six months behind schedule in its development. So the delivery of the Overture may be delayed as well.
A number of serious problems plagued Concorde after its first flight in 1976 to New York City from London, and the Concorde last flew commercially in 2003. One of the issues was that the flights were expensive to operate and used too much fuel, making tickets expensive. Because of Concorde jets’ sonic booms, overland supersonic flights were also banned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
In a statement, Boom said the new jets will run on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel and will be able to produce net zero carbon emissions. However, so far the company has not provided further details about the type of fuel they plan to use or how they will achieve net-zero emissions.
Speeding up will result in more pollution, according to environmental groups. There is a consensus that supersonic jets are far more polluting than the global aviation industry, which emits less than 2 percent of all human-induced carbon dioxide emissions. The goal of Boom is to achieve carbon neutrality, but the fact is that going faster requires more fuel.
Boom’s XB-1 demonstrator is behind schedule, having promised to begin test flights by 2017, hoping to ferry real passengers by 2020. According to the company, the demonstrator is expected to fly for the first time this year after entering taxi testing at Centennial Airport. Also, Boom is testing new technologies to muffle the sonic boom created by supersonic airplanes breaking the sound barrier. Visit: MODOYE.Com For more exciting News.
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