What if we told you that by 2029 you can travel to New York from London in under three hours? Well, that’s not a fantasy anymore, in fact, it will be a reality very soon! The Colorado-based aerospace company — which is responsible for the world’s fastest airliner — Boom announced their new aircraft – the Overture. This highly-awaited jet will make the world dramatically more accessible by drastically reducing air travel time and can connect more than 500 destinations in nearly half the time. While the airliner will be operational by 2019, production is all set to start in 2024.
“Aviation has not seen a giant leap in decades. Overture is revolutionary in its design, and it will fundamentally change how we think about distance,” said Boom Founder and CEO Blake Scholl. “With more than 600 routes across the globe, Overture will make the world dramatically more accessible for tens of millions of passengers.”
Owing to its sleek, futuristic design with four engines, the 800 m jet is capable of flying at speeds of Mach 1.7 (twice the speed of today’s fastest airliners) with a range of 4,250 nautical miles. A culmination of 26 million hours of simulated software designs and five wind tunnel tests, the airliner is an economically and environmentally sustainable supersonic airliner that will run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel.
The new Overture will be powered by four powerful, wing-mounted engines that reduce noise while also decreasing costs for airline operators. Moreover, it is also equipped with a new noise reduction system to deliver a quieter experience both for passengers and airport communities. Finally, the gull wings used in the design improve performance and also help ensure safety and stability at any speed.
Sustainability is woven into all aspects of the Overture, from design and production to flight and end-of-life recycling. With an eco-conscious in design approach, Overture’s fuselage which has a larger diameter toward the front of the aircraft and a smaller diameter toward the rear, minimizes drag and maximizes fuel efficiency at supersonic speeds. Further adding to the green promise are the materials used to build the Overture supersonic — carbon composite materials that are lighter, stronger, and more thermally stable than traditional metal construction.
The plush interiors of the new aircraft make this a luxurious experience as well. Boom expects to start production on the Overture in 2024, with the first aircraft completed by 2025 and entering service in 2029. The company says it’s already received 70 orders from brands such as United and Japan Airlines.