JAL is only one of Boom’s financial backers. In 2016, British billionaire and founder of the Virgin Group Richard Branson agreed to buy the first 10 of these jets. He also promised that his spaceflight company, Virgin Galactic, would assist with flight test support.
With Branson’s and now JAL’s support, Boom Supersonic is aiming to build a faster, cheaper version of the Concorde. The company’s FAQ says it aims to have its supersonic airliner in service by 2023, designed so it “can operate profitably while charging the same fares as today’s business class.” These potential cuts to the cost of supersonic flight might make the industry more accessible to less wealthy passengers.
“We are talking about the first supersonic jet people can afford to fly,” Scholl told Wired UK earlier this year. “This isn’t science fiction. We are actually doing this. You will be able to fly New York to London in three-and-a-half hours for $5,000 (£3,548) return,” he said.
The company’s supersonic prototype, the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, is scheduled to fly in 2018. Nicknamed “Baby Boom,” it’s one-third the size of what the commercial option will look like. It will fly at speeds of 1,300 mph (2092.15 kph) — exceeding two times the speed of a jumbo jet. The full-sized one will reach 1,700 mph (2735.89 kph).
JAL could use their 20 new jets, seating up to 55 passengers each, to plan flights between Tokyo and North America. While a standard flight from San Francisco to Tokyo takes 11 hours, a supersonic jet might make the trip in half the time.
"Thanks to Supersonic Flight, We May Be Able to Cross the Atlantic in Half the Time" was originally published by Futurism, LLC on Dec. 9, 2017 by Aylin Woodward. Copyright 2017. Futurism, LLC. All rights reserved.
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