United Airlines on June 3 announced a trade deal with Denver-based aerospace company Boom Supersonic to add planes to its global fleet as well as a sustainability cooperation initiative – an initiative that facilitates a leap forward in the return of supersonic speeds to aviation. Under the terms of the deal, United will purchase 15 of Boom’s “Overture” airliners, once Overture meets United’s demanding requirements for safety, operations and sustainability, with an option to 35 additional planes. The companies will work together to meet these requirements prior to delivery. Once operational, Overture is expected to be the first large commercial aircraft to be net zero carbon from day one, optimized to run on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). It is expected to be deployed in 2025, fly in 2026, and carry passengers by 2029. United and Boom will also work together to ramp up production of larger quantities of SAF.
“United continues on its path to building a more innovative and sustainable airline, and today’s technological advancements make the inclusion of supersonic aircraft more viable. Boom’s vision for the future of commercial aviation, combined with the industry’s most robust network of routes in the world, will give business and leisure travelers access to an exceptional flying experience, ”said said Scott Kirby, CEO of United. “Our mission has always been to connect people and now, by working with Boom, we can do it on an even bigger scale.”
Capable of flying at speeds of Mach 1.7, twice the speed of today’s fastest airliners, Overture can connect over 500 destinations in almost half the time. Among the many potential future connections for United are Newark to London in just three and a half hours, Newark to Frankfurt in four hours and San Francisco to Tokyo in just six hours. Overture will also be designed with features such as in-seat entertainment screens, ample personal space and contactless technology. Working with Boom is another component of United’s strategy to invest in innovative technologies that will build a more sustainable future of air travel.
“The world’s first purchase agreement for a zero carbon supersonic aircraft marks an important step in our mission to create a more accessible world,” said Blake Scholl, Founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic. “United and Boom share a common goal: to unite the world in a safe and sustainable way. At twice the speed, United passengers will experience all the benefits of living in person, from deeper, more productive business relationships to longer, more relaxing vacations to destinations far away.
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