(03 Jun 2021)
United Airlines has signed a commercial agreement
with Boom Supersonic to add
aircraft to its global fleet and cooperate on a sustainability
Under the terms of the agreement, United will
purchase 15 of Boom’s ‘Overture’ airliners, once Overture meets
United’s safety, operating and sustainability
requirements, with an option for an additional 35 aircraft.
Overture is being designed as the first
large commercial aircraft to be net-zero carbon from day one,
optimized to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The current plan is for Overture to roll out in 2025, fly in 2026 and
carry passengers by 2029.
“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,” said United CEO, Scott Kirby. “Our
mission has always been about connecting people and now working
with Boom, we’ll be able to do that on an even greater scale.”
Flying at speeds of Mach 1.7, twice
the speed of today’s fastest airliners, would make it possible for
United to fly passengers to more
than 500 destinations in nearly half the time.
Newark to London would take just
three and a half hours, Newark to Frankfurt would take four hours and San
Francisco to Tokyo would be just a six-hour flight.
“The world’s first purchase agreement for net-zero
carbon supersonic aircraft marks a significant step toward our
mission to create a more accessible world,” said Blake Scholl,
Boom Supersonic founder and CEO. “United and Boom share a common
purpose—to unite the world safely and sustainably. At speeds twice
as fast, United passengers will experience all the advantages of
life lived in person, from deeper, more productive business
relationships to longer, more relaxing vacations to far-off
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