Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Supersonic startup working with JAL

Supersonic startup working with JAL

United Kingdom airline Virgin Atlantic already has options for 10 of the aircraft, and an unnamed European carrier has options on 15 more, Boom has said. "We are very proud to be working with Boom on the advancement in the commercial aviation industry". It claims its aircraft will produce a sonic boom at least 30 times quieter than the Concorde's, which often prompted noise complaints.

Denver-based Boom is developing a 55-seat passenger plane, created to fly at Mach 2.2, over twice the speed of sound, and slightly faster than the only previous supersonic airliner to enter widespread commercial service, Concorde. In addition, it is designing the aircraft to keep costs down so airlines can charge fares comparable to business class. Round-trip fares on the Concorde between NY and London generally were more than $10,000, according to the BBC, while Boom lists its projected costs as $2,500 per leg for the same journey.

Boom Supersonic is a Denver-based company dedicated to removing the barriers to experiencing the planet, starting by building a Mach-2.2 airliner economical enough to operate with business-class fares.

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"Through this partnership, we hope to contribute to the future of supersonic travel with the intent of providing more time to our valued passengers while emphasising flight safety".

The company has said previously it expected fares to be similar to what is offered for business class travel now.

Japan Airlines wants to see a world where Tokyo and the West Coast of the United States are separated by just five and a half hours at supersonic speeds.

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The aircraft is expected to be in the use by mid 2020s and will have a range of 8,334 kilometers.

The Boom passenger plane will hold 55 passengers, with a mini version of the jet - called Boom XB-1 - set for its debut test flight by the end of 2018. He already has taken an option for some of its aircraft and offered development assistance via Virgin Galactic. We're thrilled to be working with JAL to develop a reliable, easily maintained aircraft that will provide revolutionary speed to passengers.

The two companies unveiled a strategic partnership today, with the Japanese company saying it had pre-ordered 20 jets, dubbed the "mini Concorde".

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