American Airlines will purchase 20 supersonic passenger jets from Boom

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 17 Aug, 2022

American Airlines has agreed to purchase 20 of Boom Supersonic's in-development Overture aircraft in an effort to cut some of the airline's international journey times by half, with an option for additional 40 planes in the future.

A non-refundable deposit has been paid by American on its initial order of 20 Overture jets, which are designed to fly at twice the speed of today's commercial aircraft.

Prior to delivering any of the planes, Boom, a Colorado-based company, must meet several key criteria, including industry-standard operating, performance, and safety requirements, as well as other conditions set forth by American.

The contract is a significant improvement over United Airlines' announcement last year that it would buy 15 Overture jets initially with an option to purchase an additional 35 in the future.

Approximately 4,250 nautical miles in range, the Overture is able to fly from San Francisco to Tokyo in just over six hours, from Miami to London in under five hours, and from Los Angeles to Honolulu in less than three hours. The Overture will also be the first net-zero carbon aircraft, powered 100 percent by sustainable fuel, according to Boom.

Announcing the launch of supersonic travel, American's chief financial officer Derek Kerr stated, 'We anticipate supersonic travel to be an integral part of our ability to deliver for our customers in the future.' Both our company and our customers are excited about how Boom will shape the future of travel.

As Boom's founder and CEO, Blake Scholl stated that his company was 'proud to share our vision of a more connected and sustainable world with American Airlines'.

In the Overture, 65 to 80 passengers can be carried at a height of 65,000 feet at a speed of Mach 1.7 - just over 1,300 mph - while flying at a height of 65,000 feet.

Overture's first flight is expected to take place as early as 2025, although Boom will continue to test its one-third-scale prototype, the XB-1, which is expected to take off within the next few months.

Boom unveiled its final production design for its Overture jet last month, which it hopes will serve to pay passengers by the end of this decade.

Boom is more confident than ever about its ambitious plan to restore supersonic passenger flights to the skies within the next eight years following two major orders from two heavyweight carriers in 14 months.

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