Supersonic jet will go from London to New York in 3.5 hours by 2029

United Airlines to buy fleet of small supersonic jets

The ability to fly London to New York in three-and-a-half hours could become a reality before the end of the decade.

Supersonic jet maker Boom Supersonic has announced that United Airlines plans to acquire 15 Overture passenger jets providing they meet safety standards.

Once completed, the jets will reach speeds of Mach 1.7 and a cruising altitude of 60,000-feet.

Slated to carry passengers in 2029, the net-zero carbon aircraft will fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Making it an environmentally friendly, and extremely quick, way to cross the Atlantic.

‘Boom’s vision for the future of commercial aviation, combined with the industry’s most robust route network in the world, will give business and leisure travelers access to a stellar flight experience,’ said Scott Kirby the CEO of United Airlines.

These are the 1,300mph supersonic airliners hailed as the new Concorde that will cut travel times by almost half. United Airlines has announced a deal to buy 15 Overture aircraft from aerospace company Boom Supersonic in a move it says represents a leap forward in returning supersonic speeds to aviation . According to United, Overture is capable of travelling twice the speed of today s fastest airliners and will connect more than 500 destinations in nearly half the time. Flight times between New York City and London could be slashed from six-and-a-half hours to just three-and-a-half. San Francisco to Tokyo could take six hours instead of the current 10 hours and 15 minutes. The only thing that will take time is waiting for the planes to be ready. Overture is expected to fly in 2026 and to carry passengers by 2029. United says Overture is expected to be the first large commercial aircraft to be net-zero carbon from day one, optimized to run on 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuel. The deal with Denver-based Boom Supersonic includes an option for a further 35 planes. Concorde, the last supersonic passenger jet, entered service in 1976 and continued flying for 27 years. 03 Jun 2021 Pictured: Overture supersonic airliner. Photo credit: United Airlines/MEGA +1 888 505 6342
According to United, Overture is capable of travelling twice the speed of today s fastest airliners (United Airlines/MEGA)

‘Our mission has always been about connecting people and now working with Boom, we’ll be able to do that on an even greater scale.’

Boom, an aviation start-up from the US, has been working on supersonic planes for the last five years.

Blake Scholl, Boom founder and CEO, said: ‘The world’s first order of net-zero carbon supersonic aircraft marks a significant step toward our mission to create a more accessible world.

‘At speeds twice as fast, United passengers will experience all the advantages of life lived in person, from deeper, more productive business relationships to longer, more relaxing vacations to far-off destinations.’

The return of Concorde: New York to London in three-and-a-half hours by 2026
Looks like a comfortable ride (Boom Supersonic)

As impressive as it is, don’t be fooled about the level of exclusivity around flying supersonic. Estimates suggest the ticket price for a single flight could reach as high as £3,500.

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