American Airlines has placed a $10 million deposit on 20 supersonic jets from Boom Supersonic, an aviation company that aims to revive commercial travel at hypersonic speeds. The airline says it expects the planes to be in service by 2023. According to Boom’s founder and CEO, the supersonic plane can fly from London to New York in 3 hours and 15 minutes. That’s five hours shorter than the current plane journeys on those routes.
What are you waiting for? Get ready to pack your bags and make reservations at your favourite resort, hotel and casino, as Boom Supersonic is planning to build a 65-seat supersonic aircraft. The company has raised $43 million from venture capital firms and other investors since it was founded in 2016 by Blake Scholl, who co-founded Zipline International Inc., which provides drone delivery services for blood products in Rwanda and Tanzania.
The plane will be smaller than Concorde, which could carry about 100 people. The Boom jet will only hold 65 passengers and two crew members.
Boom’s supersonic jets will fly faster than the speed of sound and reach Mach 2.2, or 1,451 mph (2,335 kph). Concorde topped out at Mach 2.02, or 1,350 mph (2,170 kph), but was retired in 2003 after it was found too noisy for use over land because of sonic booms that were heard on the ground as planes passed overhead at high speeds.
More Than Five Routes to Be Added in 10 Years
American Airlines plans to add more than five routes in 10 years, but there’s no need to rush and book your tickets. Boom says it won’t start selling seats until early 2023. But if you miss a seat on that first flight from New York to London, don’t fret too much. Boom plans to begin commercial service between Dubai and Singapore soon after. It also plans flights between Los Angeles and Sydney by 2025, Tokyo and London by 2027, Boston to New York by 2029, Washington D.C.to London via Houston by 2030, and finally, New York to Las Vegas by 2035.
American Airlines will be the first primary carrier to bring back supersonic flights. The airline has placed a deposit on 20 supersonic planes from Boom Supersonic.
The planes will seat 65 passengers and have three classes: business class, premium economy and economy. A ticket from New York City to London will cost around $100 for a one-way flight on Boom’s jet aircraft, which is a fraction of what it costs today for more traditional airlines to operate similar routes between those cities.
It’s great to see that supersonic flight is coming back, especially with American Airlines’ support. As we’ve seen in recent years, finding investors and partners willing to invest in new technology like this can be challenging. Still, if anyone can do it, it’s probably American Airlines.