Mach 1.7 speeds get passengers to destinations in half the time
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
I flew Air France’s Concorde once from Miami to Rio. It was an exhilarating experience as the plane broke the sound barrier. We ate caviar, foie gras and delicious meals while sipping Dom Perignon Champagne and fine wines. Those were the days, we thought would never end. But alas the SSTs had to retire in 2003 and boy did frequent business and wealthy travelers miss it. But United Airlines is hoping to bring it them back.
United Airlines deal with Boom Supersonic
The airline is in an agreement with Denver’s aerospace company Boom Supersonic. The deal intends to add Overture planes to Untied global fleet along with a cooperative sustainability initiative.
The jets are capable of flying at speeds of Mach 1.7. This is twice the speed of today’s fastest airliners. What’s more Overture can connect more than 500 destinations in nearly half the time. United is planning routes from Newark to London that will take just three and a half hours,
They also expect to do Newark to Frankfurt in four hours and San Francisco to Tokyo in just six hours. The aircraft will provide such passenger comforts as in-seat entertainment screens, ample personal space, and contactless technology.
Terms of agreement
United says it will purchase 15 of Boom’s ‘Overture’ airliners, once Overture meets its demanding safety, operating and sustainability requirements, with an option for an additional 35 aircraft.
You’ll have to wait a few more years, however to experience the speedy planes. The roll out isn’t until 2025. Passengers could be on board by 2029.
Innovative and sustainable trajectory
United CEO Scott Kirby says, “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.”. “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.”
“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,” adds 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 destinations.”
This is great news for the airline and travel industries, It gives us something to look forward to as we ease our ways back into cruises, tours, business travel and vacations.