United Airlines is the first U.S. airline to sign an agreement of purchase with Boom Supersonic, an aircraft manufacturer creating airliners expected to be net-zero carbon and connect 500+ cities in nearly half the time.
On June 4, the announcement was made by United that it will purchase 15 of Boom’s ‘Overture’ airliners once Overture meets United’s demanding safety, operating, and sustainability requirements. In addition, the deal included an option for 35 more aircraft if United chooses that they would like them.
The aircraft is not slated to carry passengers until 2029, but the net-zero carbon aircraft will fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuel.
Boom Supersonic is an aviation company that has been working on creating aircraft for commercial use. Their ‘Overture’ aircraft is supposed to cut air travel times in half, and they are aiming to make it more affordable.
In an interview with CNN Travel, Boom Supersonic founder and CEO Blake Scholl talked about travel and what he hopes is aircraft will do.
"That's not travel, that's like a thing you might hope to do once in a lifetime," Scholl said to CNN Travel, before adding, "Versus where we want to get, which is anywhere in the world in four hours for 100 bucks."
Now United has joined Scholl’s mission to connect the world safely and sustainably while doing it at speeds twice as fast as today’s passenger jets.
“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,” Scott Kirby, United Airlines Ceo, said in a press release. “Our mission has alwa