Meet Boom: The company building The Fastest Supersonic Passenger Airplane Ever
The supersonic aircraft is 30% more efficient and 10% faster than Concorde. A 1/3 scale prototype is set to fly late next year (2017). The smart thing about Boom is that it makes use of existing technologies to keep costs low, and the business model is based on flights being about the same price as Business Class is today.
In a statement from Blake Scholl, founder & CEO Boom Technology. Scholl proclaims that “50 years after Concorde was designed, advanced aerodynamics, efficient engines, and new materials finally enable safe and affordable supersonic flight. Our ultimate vision is affordable highspeed travel for everyone—think anywhere in the world in 5 hours for USD $100. We’re starting with a Mach 2.2 (2335 KM/h) supersonic airliner—with seats that cost the same as a layflat bed in business class. Imagine New York to London in less than 3.5 hours, just USD $5,000 round trip.
“We are moving quickly—already, 25 airplanes have been reserved, including 10 for Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. Our first prototype will fly next year (late 2017).”
Boom is building the supersonic passenger airplane you can afford to fly
- Same fares as business class
- Mach 2.2 (2335 KM/h)
- 10% faster than Concorde
- 2.6x faster than other airliners (today’s airliners cruise at Mach ~0.85)
- A traveler can depart New York at 6am, arrive in London at 2:30p London time (3.4 hour flight), spend 7 hours in London, and arrive back in New York at 8pm
- With 40 passengers, every seat has a window & an aisle
The initiative is Funded by Y Combinator, Sam Altman, Seraph Group, Eight Partners, and other angels.