(17 August 2022, 11:11 +07) American Airlines has announced that it has signed an agreement with Boom Supersonic to purchase up to 20 Overture aircraft, with an option for an additional 40.
The two companies say that the airline has also paid a non-refundable deposit on the initial 20 aircraft, but have not disclosed the amount.
Overture is being designed to carry 65 to 80 passengers at Mach 1.7 over water, twice the speed of today’s fastest commercial aircraft, with a range of 4,250 nautical miles.
Overture is being designed to carry 65 to 80 passengers at Mach 1.7 over water, twice the speed of today’s fastest commercial aircraft
Overture is also being designed to fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and to fly more than 600 routes around the world in as little as half the time it currently takes – flying from Miami to London in just under five hours and Los Angeles to Honolulu in three hours are among the many possibilities.
“Looking to the future, supersonic travel will be an important part of our ability to deliver for our customers,” said Derek Kerr, American’s Chief Financial Officer. “We are excited about how Boom will shape the future of travel both for our company and our customers.”
Boom is aiming for Overture to roll out in 2025 and carry its first passengers by 2029.
“We are proud to share our vision of a more connected and sustainable world with American Airlines,” said Blake Scholl, Founder and CEO of Boom. “We believe Overture can help American deepen its competitive advantage on network, loyalty and overall airline preference through the paradigm-changing benefits of cutting travel times in half.”
Boom says that Overture’s order book, including purchases and options from American Airlines, United Airlines and Japan Airlines, stands at 130 aircraft.
The company is working with Northrop Grumman for government and defense applications of Overture. Suppliers and partners collaborating with Boom on the Overture program include Collins Aerospace, Eaton, Safran Landing Systems, Rolls-Royce, the United States Air Force, American Express, Climeworks and AWS.