American Airlines have committed to buying up to 20 Overture Supersonic Jets from the maker Boom Supersonic. The overture is expected to reach speeds of Mach 1.7 or about 1,300mph which works out about double the average speed that are currently on the market like the Boeing 747.
Once the Overture starts making flights which is due for 2029 it will be expected to cut travel time from New York to London UK to around 3.5 hours which is around 6.5 hours as of 2022. Each plane will carry around 65 to 80 passengers. The Overture jet is being designed to run 100% on sustainable aviation fuel or a blend, will be rolled out of boom’s Greensboro, North Carolina factory in 2025, followed by test flights in 2026.
American Airlines haven’t gave any details of how much it will be costing them financially including the deposit. American Airlines also have the option of buying 40 additional Overture Jets. American Airlines made a un-specified non-refundable deposit on the first 20 planes.
United Airlines was the first customer of Boom Supersonic which committed to buying 15 planes in 2021. American Airlines became the second customer of Boom Supersonic. It has been almost 20 years since we have had Supersonic jets in our sky since the Concorde that unfortunately failed to continue in our skies due to the high cost of flights which were about $12,000 for a round trip from New York to London.
Boom CEO Blake Scholl insists his company’s plane will be totally different with airline tickets costing about $4,000 to $5,000 to fly from New York to London in around 3.5 hours. Blake said: “There are tens of millions of passengers every year flying in business class on routes where Overture will give a big speed-up”. “The Overture program will cost between $6 billion and $8 billion. The plane will carry a list price of $200 million although other manufacturers routinely give airlines deep discounts.” “Boom’s four-engine Overture jet can fly people from Miami to London in just under 5 hours. The Los Angeles to Honolulu route is projected to take just three hours.”
American spokesperson, Matt Miller said: “It is too early to discuss ticket prices, given the aircraft isn’t expected to carry its first passengers until 2029.”