Will Booming Supersonic Jets Revolutionize Air Travel?

American Airlines became the latest carrier to buy into the dream of ultra-fast travel with an order for 20 booming supersonic jets on Tuesday.

Fifteen of the same planes, which promise to cut flight times, were booked by United Airlines last year, and Denver-based Boom said it already has orders for 130 planes from companies such as Japan Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

But the jets don’t exist yet: The first Overture model is expected to roll out at Boom’s factory in North Carolina in 2025, with the plane entering commercial service by the end of the decade.

The promise the new planes hold is potentially groundbreaking: The jets are designed to travel at twice the speed of today’s fastest commercial aircraft — Mach 1.7 over water —, with slightly fewer passengers — 65 to 80.

American Airlines is the latest carrier to order a bundle of Boom’s supersonic jets, still in the development phase.
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Overture’s launch will restart commercial supersonic transatlantic travel nearly 20 years after the Franco-British supersonic airliner Concorde was grounded and scrapped following exorbitant ticket prices, high fuel consumption, and high running costs and a fatal accident at Charles de Gaulle Airport. July 2000 in Paris.

AF4590 crashed, with all 109 people on board and four on the ground after the plane ran into a hotel shortly after takeoff. The incident was not related to supersonic travel.

Could Boom’s supersonic jets succeed where Concorde failed?

Why did Concorde fail so spectacularly? Andrew Charlton, managing director of Aviation Advocacy, an independent air transport consultant, shared his thoughts on the matter. Newsweek.

“One [reason] That only you can fly [the supersonic jets] In some limited areas,” he said. “Secondly it was terribly expensive, it burned a lot of fuel and you couldn’t fit a lot of passengers in it.”

Boom has learned from the Concorde’s failure, and the company says its Overture won’t suffer the same problems.

“The [Boom’s] The jets are promising many things,” Charlton said. “The first is that with new technology and a curved nose, the aircraft will make a significantly smaller sonic boom than Concorde’s supersonic jets, which make noise described by the British Noise Advisory Council. intolerably in 2004.”

Boom’s Overture is expected to cover more routes than Concorde’s supersonic jets.

“One of the problems with the Concorde was that it could only fly supersonic over water, which severely limited its usefulness. You couldn’t fly, for example, from Singapore to Sydney, you couldn’t fly from LA to New York. Don’t fly from London to Hong Kong.

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Boom’s Overture is expected to be ready by 2025 and take commercial flight by the end of the decade.
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Boom says Overtures won’t have the same problem.

The company promises to fly from Miami to London in five hours and from Los Angeles to Honolulu in three hours, saying it has “designed jets to fly more than 600 routes around the world in just half the time”. Many possibilities” planes offer.

“They also claim that you don’t have to worry about it in terms of the environment,” Charlton added.

“Overture is the first supersonic airplane designed with a focus on sustainability from day one,” says Boom. “We are adapting the aircraft to accommodate 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and facilitate net-zero carbon operations.”

Boom said it aims to have the first Overture model ready by 2025 and achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

No details on fares have been released, as each airline will determine the exact price of a flight on supersonic jets. But according to Boom, the company is designing the overture to “allow airlines to offer fares comparable to today’s business class.”

Newsweek Boom Supersonic was reached for comment.

Will Boom’s Overture Change Air Travel As We Know It?

“What we’ve got now is marketing and nothing else,” says Charlton.

“First of all, no aircraft on Earth is currently authorized to fly at Mach 1.7, although I think it’s only a matter of time.” Concorde flights had a maximum speed of over Mach 2.

“Secondly, all the SAFs (Sustainable Aviation Fuels) available in the world will only power Lufthansa for four days — so somehow Boom feels entitled to stand at the front of the line for SAF. Available,” he added.

“All over the world, especially in Europe, there are mandates coming in for airlines to use SAFs. So there’s going to be a lot of pressure on the SAFs market, which no one seems to have thought about. Everyone is just gloomily speculating that we will. All we want is SAF.”

Charlton also said that Boom’s overtures do not have an engine manufacturer working on the four engines that are designed to power the jets. “They don’t even have the engine manufacturer signed up,” he said. “Rolls-Royce spent some time working with them trying to develop stuff, but they’ve gone away now.”

Newsweek Boom asked to confirm this statement.

Even if those open questions are resolved, Charlton doesn’t think the new jets will revolutionize air travel as a whole.

“This will be the icing on the cake,” he said. “It’s not going to change aviation as we know it. It’s aimed at a very small segment of the market. If every person in the world took a supersonic plane for the business cabin, it could change aviation, but I don’t think that’s what’s going to happen, because I think The cost would be too prohibitive.”

But Charlton’s skepticism is not shared by many in the aviation industry – especially those investing in new jets.

“Looking to the future, supersonic travel will be an important part of our ability to deliver for our customers,” said Derek Kerr, American’s chief financial officer.

“We’re excited about how Boom will shape the future of travel for our company and our customers.”

In response to Kerr’s enthusiasm, Boom Chief Executive Blake Scholl said: “We are proud to share our vision of a more connected and sustainable world with American Airlines.”

“We believe Overture can help American deepen its competitive advantage in network, loyalty and overall airline preference through paradigm-shifting benefits that cut travel times in half.”

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