United Airlines Inc. announced on Thursday that they have purchased 15 new aircraft from Boom Supersonic aerospace company, in their bid to return to supersonic speeds in aviation.
The new airliners called “Overture” are capable of reaching speeds of up to Mach 1.7, double the speed of the current fastest planes, meaning that they cut travel time nearly in half. United plans to work with Boom to make sure the planes meet safety, operating, and sustainability requirements and the plane is expected to start carrying passengers by 2029. Additionally, the company stated that the “Overture” aircraft is optimized to run fully on sustainable aviation fuel and it is expected to be the first large commercial aircraft that will be net-zero from day one.
United Airlines Chief Executive Officer Scott Kirby commented on the deal saying: “United continues on its trajectory to build a more innovative, sustainable airline and today’s advancements in technology are making it more viable for that to include supersonic planes. Boom’s vision for the future of commercial aviation, combined with the industry’s most robust route network in the world, will give business and leisure travelers access to a stellar flight experience.”