This morning, United Airlines announced the return of Supersonic Jet travel under the new brand moniker, Boom Supersonic. Beyond the headline-grabbing, 3.5 hour flight time between New York City (Newark) and London (Heathrow), the “Overture Airliners” will be fueled completely with a sustainable fuel type that promises “net-zero carbon flights.”

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According to the release, the average cruising altitude will be double that of a traditional airline, with jets reaching up to 60,000 feet. Capacity will be limited to 65-88 passengers. So far, a maiden voyage for the new fleet has yet to be scheduled but company officials are hoping for commercial flights by 2029.  Still, this is great news for those hoping to cut down on international travel times for ski trips to exotic locations such as the Alps, South America, and Japan.

Just imagine, being able to go from San Francisco to Tokyo, Japan in 6 hours? Or how about New York City to Geneva, Switzerland in less than 4 hours? Theoretically, you could fly out in the morning and be on the slopes of Chamonix in the afternoon!

Statement from United Airlines CEO, Scott Kirby

United continues on its trajectory to build a more innovative, sustainable airline and today’s advancements in technology are making it more viable for that to include supersonic planes. 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. Our mission has always been about connecting people and now working with Boom, we’ll be able to do that on an even greater scale.


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