United Airlines wants to go supersonic: the carrier recently announced will purchase 15 of Boom Supersonic’s airliners, with an option for 35 more at some point. Slated to carry passengers in 2029, the net-zero carbon aircraft will fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Through innovation and collaboration, United and Boom are realizing a shared mission to connect the world safely and sustainably. At speeds twice as fast as today’s passenger jets, United’s new Overture fleet will open countless possibilities for new experiences and human connection.
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 include supersonic planes. 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. 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.
Scott Kirby, CEO United Airlines
The Colorado-based company has not built or certified its first commercial supersonic airplane yet, the Overture. Apparently it will start passenger services in 2029 with a plane that could fly at Mach 1.7 and cut several flight times in half. New York to London? 3:30 instead of 6:30 hours. On the supersonic travel roadmap, Ouverture’s rollout is scheduled in 2025, followed by it maiden flight one year later.
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.
Blake Scholl, founder & CEO Boom Supersonic
The Overture onboard experience is designed for comfort, productivity and privacy, featuring in-seat entertainment screens, ample personal space, and contactless technology; passenger capacity will range from 65 to 88. The soon-to-be supersonic jet aircraft will cruise at 18.200 meters and will have a range of 7.866 kilometers.
We always made no secrets about our passion for Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde, since the early days of Car&vintage we shared our love for such an incredible flying machine. Today, thanks to Boom Supersonic, we sincerely hope to get back – safely, of course – to that Concorde era, when celebrating three new years eve in a row was everything but a dream.