American Airlines orders 20 Boom Supersonic passenger planes
American Airlines has agreed to buy 20 Boom Supersonic Overseas passenger aircraft, which are expected to carry passengers at twice the speed of conventional passenger aircraft.
American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, has made a non-refundable deposit for an undisclosed amount on 20 aircraft provided by Denver-based Boom Supersonic Aerospace. Overture is designed to fly at speeds of up to Mach 1.7, or about 1,227 mph (1,975 km/h). (1 Mach represents the speed of sound.) The aircraft is expected to have a range of more than 4,890 miles (7,870 km) and can carry between 65 and 80 passengers from Paris to Montreal in just 3 hours and 45 minutes, According to Boom Supersonic (Opens in a new tab).
Under terms agreed between American Airlines and Boom Supersonic, the supersonic aircraft manufacturer must demonstrate that the introduction meets all industry-imposed safety, operational and performance standards before any aircraft are delivered. The airline has the option to purchase an additional 40 aircraft in the future.
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The Boom Supersonic Overture passenger jet has a tapered body with a larger diameter at the front than at the rear. The company claims that this design helps reduce drag on the aircraft while also improving fuel efficiency. Four jet engines mounted under the wings will give maximum forward speeds of over Mach 1.7 when flying over water and just under Mach 1 when flying over land. (Current restrictions set by the Federal Aviation Administration Prohibit flight speeds over Mach 1 (Opens in a new tab) above ground to mitigate noise generated by sound barrier penetration barriers).
“We are proud to share our vision for a more connected and sustainable world with American Airlines,” Boom CEO and Founder Blake Scholl He said in a statement (Opens in a new tab). “We believe the introduction can help Americans deepen their competitive advantage on the network, loyalty and overall preference for airlines through the paradigm-shifting benefits of halving travel times.”
Derek Kerr, American Airlines’ chief financial officer, added that the airline is “excited about how Bohm will shape the future of travel for both our company and our customers.”
The current agreement for 20 aircraft (with the option of an additional 40) builds on a previous commercial agreement the two companies signed in 2021 to acquire The first 15 aircraft introduced With the option to purchase an additional 35.
Boom Supersonic also has a deal with Northrop Grumman to supply various types of Overture aircraft For military and emergency response missions.
Despite these agreements, the Boom Supersonic is still very much in preflight testing. The company hopes to start production on the Overture aircraft by 2024, and make its maiden flight by 2026. The company’s other supersonic aircraft, XB-1 Technology viewer, targeting first flight in late 2022.