On Thursday, United Airlines agreed to purchase 15 supersonic aircraft from Boom Supersonic, with a further option to purchase an additional 35 jets.
Boom Supersonic announced that United was the first U.S. airline to sign an aircraft purchase agreement, and will “purchase 15 of Boom’s ‘Overture’ airliners” once they meet “United’s demanding safety, operating and sustainability requirements.”
According to the announcement, the jets will start to carry passengers in 2029, with the “net-zero carbon aircraft” flying on “100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).”
The jets will reportedly fly “twice as fast as today’s passenger jets,” with a flight between Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, U.S. to Heathrow Airport in London taking 3 hours 30 minutes, instead of 6 hours 30 minutes. According to plans, the Overture airline will roll-out in 2025, with its first flight scheduled for 2026.
“United continues on its trajectory to build a more innovative, sustainable airline and today’s advancements in technology are making it more viable for that to