Five airlines back development of new supersonic jet

Plane1Five airlines are backing plans for the development of a new supersonic passenger aircraft, which could be the successor to Concorde.

Supersonic plane start-up Boom has revealed that it has received 76 orders for its new passenger jet, and expects them to fly within the next six years.

Virgin Atlantic have gone public with their support and revealed that they have agreed an option to take the first 10 aircraft that the company successfully builds.

Blake Scholl, Founder and Chief Executive of Boom Aerospace, has revealed that airlines are now investing significant amounts of money to ensure the aircraft is developed successfully.

Boom is using a two-stage process for its plan to revive supersonic commercial air travel and the first step is to develop a small aircraft called XB-1.

XB-1 is set to fly late in 2018 and will be used to validate the technologies for flying faster than the speed of sound, which will then be used to develop a full-size commercial aircraft.

To date, Boom has managed to raise $41 million, which is enough to develop the technologies needed to successfully launch the first-stage of the project.

Hitting a speed of 1,451mph during a long-range cruise, the passenger aircraft will hopefully be introduced by 2023.

If introduced, Boom will be the first trans-Atlantic supersonic commercial aircraft since Concorde fell out of service 13 years ago.

Mr Scholl hopes the new aircraft will complete flights from London to New York in three-and-a-half hours, at a cost of around £3,548.

The development of new types of carbon fibre have made it cheaper to produce planes that are capable of reaching supersonic speeds, and others are also working on the idea – Nasa announced in February last year that it had awarded the contract for the design of a supersonic passenger plane.

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Date Created: 27 June 2017

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