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American Airlines orders 20 Boom Supersonic passenger jets

A rendering of the Boom Supersonic Overture in flight above the clouds.

A rendering of the Boom Supersonic Overture in flight.(Image credit: Boom Supersonic)

American Airlines has decided to buy 20 Boom Supersonic Overture passenger jets, which are anticipated to transport passengers at twice the speeds of conventional passenger aircraft.

The world’s largest airline, American Airlines made a nonrefundable deposit of an undisclosed amount on 20 Overture aircraft from Denver-based aerospace manufacturer Boom Supersonic. The Overture is made to fly at speeds as high as Mach 1.7, or about 1,227 mph (1,975 kph). (Mach 1 represents the speed of sound.) The jets are projected to get a selection of over 4,890 miles (7,870 kilometers) and may carry between 65 and 80 passengers from Paris to Montreal in only 3 hours and 45 minutes, in accordance with Boom Supersonic (opens in new tab).

Beneath the terms decided to between American Airlines and Boom Supersonic, the supersonic jet manufacturer must prove that the Overture meets all industry-mandated safety, operation and performance standards before any aircraft are delivered. The airline comes with an substitute for buy yet another 40 airplanes later on.

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The Boom Supersonic Overture passenger jet includes a tapered fuselage having a larger diameter at its front than at its rear. The business claims this design really helps to minimize the drag experienced by the aircraft while also optimizing fuel efficiency. Four jet engines mounted beneath the wings gives the Overture maximum speeds of over Mach 1.7 when flying over water and slightly under Mach 1 when over land. (Current restrictions set by the Federal Aviation Administration prohibit flight speeds over Mach 1 (opens in new tab) above land to be able to mitigate noise generated by sonic booms.)

“We have been proud to talk about our vision of a far more connected and sustainable world with American Airlines,” Boom CEO and founder Blake Scholl said in a statement (opens in new tab). “We believe Overture might help American deepen its competitive advantage on network, loyalty and overall airline preference through the paradigm-changing great things about cutting travel times in two.”

Derek Kerr, American Airlines’ chief financial officer, added that the airline is “worked up about how Boom will shape the continuing future of travel both for the company and our customers.”

The existing agreement of 20 aircraft (with the choice for yet another 40) builds on a previous commercial agreement both companies signed in 2021 for an initial 15 Overture aircraft having an substitute for purchase yet another 35.

Boom Supersonic also offers a cope with Northrop Grumman to provide variants of the Overture aircraft for military and emergency response missions.

Despite these agreements, Boom Supersonic continues to be largely in preflight testing. The business hopes to begin with production on Overture aircraft by 2024, and make its first flight by 2026. The business’s other supersonic jet, the XB-1 technology demonstrator, is targeting an initial flight in late 2022.

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Brett Tingley

Brett is really a science and technology journalist who’s interested in emerging concepts in spaceflight and aerospace, alternative launch concepts, anti-satellite technologies, and uncrewed systems. Brett’s work has appeared on The War Zone at, Popular Science, the annals Channel, Science Discovery, and much more. Brett obtained a Bachelors degree in English from Clemson University and a Masters degree in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of NEW YORK at Charlotte. In his leisure time, Brett is really a working musician, a hobbyist electronics engineer and cosplayer, a devoted LEGO fan, and enjoys hiking and camping through the entire Appalachian Mountains along with his wife and two children.

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