American Airlines is set to usher into the age of supersonic jets after placing an order for 20 supersonic planes from the company Boom Supersonic.
Making the announcement Tuesday, American Airlines said it had successfully made a non-refundable investment for 20 of these supersonic jets and would roll them out in 2025 if Boom’s Overture passes inspection. If rolled out in 2025, the ultra-fast planes will fly in 2026 and are expected to carry passengers by 2029.
This being said, according to American, “Boom must meet industry-standard operating, performance and safety requirements as well as American’s other customary conditions before delivery of any Overtures.”
Boom claims its supersonic jets will be able to travel from New York to London in just 3.5 hours, as opposed to the current 7-hour flight time, or Los Angeles to Sydney in six hours and 45 minutes, as opposed to a total of 15 hours. Boom has said that tickets could cost as much as $5,000 per seat, but American didn’t reveal any information about pricing.
Boom has also said the jets will be “net-zero carbon” and optimized to run on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel, but hasn’t disclosed how exactly it will do so- considering the fact that faster speeds will equate to more pollution.