Boom Supersonic wins an order for 15 United Airlines supersonic airliners

Boom Overture United Airlines

United Airlines / Boom Supersonic

The Boom Supersonic, which is working hard to develop a new generation of supersonic passenger aircraft, has received strong support today.United Airlines orders at least 15 Boom Overture supersonic airliners, And can choose to increase the number to a maximum of 50. However, Overture still has a long way to go. At present, Boom’s progress is only to build a “shrinked version” of the test aircraft XB-1. It is expected to fly for the first time this year. It will be delivered to airlines and start operations, the fastest It will not be realized until 2029.

The plan of United Airlines is to use Overture, which can reach 1.7 times the speed of sound per hour, on the two routes of London/New York and Tokyo/San Francisco. The former is about the same as the previous Concorde, which can reduce the flight time of about 6.5 hours to 3.5. Hours; while the latter is able to reduce the flight time of 11 hours to 6 hours.

However, the United States and many countries in the world have restrictions on banning supersonic civil aircraft from flying over land to avoid noise disturbance. Therefore, United Airlines can use Overture not too many routes. This will probably wait until the new generation of supersonic aircraft can be used. Only by proving that I am quieter than the predecessors can I expand the range of use. In addition, the fuel consumption of supersonic aircraft is bound to be much higher than that of traditional subsonic aircraft. Even if Boom claims that its goal is “carbon neutral” fuel, it will not be able to change its fuel cost will be more expensive. It depends on how the adopted airline chooses between speed and gas.

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