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United Airlines adding supersonic speeds to its fleet with an agreement to buy aircraft from Boom Supersonic, which represents ‘the world’s first purchase agreement for net-zero carbon supersonic aircraft.’
Denver-based aerospace startup Boom Supersonic has gotten a boost in its effort to return supersonic speeds and add greater sustainability to aviation. United Airlines has agreed to purchase 15 of Boom’s Overture airliners, once it meets United’s demanding safety, operating, and sustainability requirements, with an option for an additional 35 aircraft. The companies will work together on meeting those requirements before delivery.
Once operational, Overture is expected to be the first large commercial aircraft to be net-zero carbon from day one, optimized to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). United and Boom will also work together to accelerate the production of greater supplies of SAF.
“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,” said United CEO Scott Kirby. “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.”
Capable of flying at speeds of Mach 1.7 — about twice the speed of today’s fastest airliners — the Overture can connect more than 500 destinations in nearly half the time. Among the m
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