New Supersonic Jets Could Cut Dubai-New York Flight Time by 50%
US-based company Boom plans to begin supersonic passenger jets in the 2020’s
US-based company Boom has confirmed that it is working on Supersonic Jets which it hopes to introduce introduce in passenger transport in the 2020’s.
The company unveiled its supersonic passenger airliner and its XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, a prototype aircraft, at the Dubai Future Foundation Tuesday.
Compared to Concorde, the world’s fastest aircraft designed in the 1960’s, Boom will be 80% less expensive to operate, the company said in a statement.
Key technologies for supersonic include carbon fiber composites, advanced aerodynamics, and turbofan jet engines. These technologies will help create an airplane “faster than Concorde”, yet “quiet, efficient, and comfortable” for passengers, the statement added.
With a capacity to seat up to 55 passengers, the Boom airliner will cruise at an altitude of 60,000 feet.
In the GCC, the commercial aircraft will help connect the region to the rest of the world with flights up to 2.6X faster than conventional airliners, according to Boom.
For example, a flight from Dubai to Sydney which takes 14:51 hrs today, will take just 8:17 hrs. Meanwhile Dubai to New York will be 7 hrs 35 mins Vs 14 hrs today.
Blake Scholl, Boom founder and CEO said: “We are delighted to bring Boom to the UAE. UAE airlines already lead the world in travel experience, and the country is embracing other innovative transportation technologies, such as Hyperloop and drone taxis.
“Supersonic flight will enhance UAE’s status as the world’s preeminent aviation hub, giving travelers more of the luxury they value most: time.”
The XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator is currently under construction and is slated to fly in Y 2018. It will use hardware from General Electric (NYSE:GE) (engines), Honeywell (NYSE:HON)(avionics), Tencate (carbon fiber), with composite structures fabricated by Blue Force.
Final assembly and vehicle integration are taking place in Boom’s facility at Centennial Airport near Denver, Colorado.
Passenger flights will begin in the early 2020’s, according to Boom.