United Airlines buys Overture supersonic aircraft

United Airlines has decided to buy 15 supersonic planes from Boom Supersonic, with the possibility of increasing the order to a total of 50 aircraft. This decision, however, is not final, as it primarily depends on the safety tests to be conducted on the aircraft, as well as on Boom Supersonic’s ability to deliver them on time (because they have never made such a large supersonic aircraft before).

If this plane passes all the tests, the plan is to make the first full-size copy by 2025, to perform the first test flights in 2026, so that in 2029 it can accommodate the first passengers. Boom claims his supersonic planes could they fly twice as fast as the existing ones – in other words, the distance between London and New York would be crossed in 3.5 hours, instead of seven, which is what conventional planes need. Boom’s estimate is that it would tickets cost about $ 5,000, although United Airlines believes it is still too early to think about it.

The plane is called Overture, should be able to developed a speed of Mach Mach 1.7, gives flies at altitudes of about 18,000 meters, and his the length would be 62.5 meters. He would use it 100 percent environmentally friendly fuel, which would enable “net-zero carbon emission” from the first day. This would satisfy all groups fighting for the protection of the environment, which indicate that it is Today, the aviation industry is responsible for about two percent of global CO2 emissions.

It is interesting that Boom is also testing new technologies that would make it possible to reduce noise when breaking through the sound barrier. The American Congress banned the flights of supersonic planes over the USA in 1973 (although that decision was withdrawn by President Trump in October 2018). For now, we do not know what President Biden’s opinion is on that issue.

If this plan succeeds, Concord will finally get its successor.

Source: The Verge

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