The fastest passenger airplane makes supersonic travel a reality
15 June 2016
Boom Technology is building a range of supersonic passenger airplanes that, unlike Concorde, is affordable, the same price as business class.
Boom is starting with a Mach 2.2 (1,451mph) supersonic airliner, with seats that cost the same as a lay-flat bed in business class. Imagine New York to London in less than 3.5 hours for just $5000 (£3521). Future models will enable economy-class pricing. This is 2.6x faster than other airliners and ten percent faster than Concorde. The airplane can hold 40 passengers with every seat having a window and an aisle.
Enabled by advances in airplane technology, the Boom design is 30 percent more efficient than Concorde. It has better aerodynamics, improved engines and is made from lightweight materials such as carbon fibre. It includes software simulation and design tools with every key technology already accepted by FAA for passenger aircraft.
Already 25 airplanes have been reserved, including ten for Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. The first prototype will fly next year, in late 2017. It is currently under construction onsite in the Centennial hanger with subsonic tests to be conducted near Denver, supersonic flight tests near Edwards Air Force Base and support from Virgin Galactic’s The Spaceship Company.
A statement from Blake Scholl, founder & CEO of Boom Technology said, 50 years after Concorde was designed, advanced aerodynamics, efficient engines and new materials finally enable safe and affordable supersonic flight. The company’s ultimate vision is affordable high-speed travel for everyone- think anywhere in the world in five hours for $100.