Recently, Richard Branson of the Virgin Group announced that Virgin will be working with Boom, an aerospace startup, to develop and run supersonic jets in the near future. A return trip, that’ll take you from New York to London in under 3.5 hours, will cost an affordable $5000 (comparable to a Business Class flight today).
Boom Technologies Inc. has been working on supersonic jets since 2014. Headed in Denver, this company plans to fly its XB-1 prototype (1/3 scale) plane in 2017 at Centennial Airport, and later work with Virgin Galactic to test out it’s supersonic business jet. The jet will seat just 45 to 50 people, but will travel at speeds of MACH 2.2 or 1,451 miles/hour.
Scholl, the founder and CEO of Boom, said, “Sixty years after the dawn of the jet age, we’re still flying at 1960s speeds.” “Concorde’s designers didn’t have the technology for affordable supersonic travel, but now we do. Today, we’re proud to unveil our first aircraft as we look forward to our first flight late next year.”
With light materials and an extremely aerodynamic design, powered by an "efficient super-cruise propulsion system", the aircraft has the potential to change the state of air travel and plane technology. At the same time, the company, along with Virgin, plans to redo the end-to-end service that an airline should provide - reducing time and increasing luxury of travelling. Flights will mostly be intercontinental, initially between New York, London, San Francisco, Sydney and Tokyo.
If plans go on track, Boom will being service in 2023. Travelling the same distance in half the time, while paying the same amount, could mean success for Boom and supersonic jets in general. Perhaps the time has come.
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Sources: The Guardian, Boom