United Airlines goes supersonic and sustainable
DENVER (KLKN) — United Airlines has made a move towards supersonic speeds in aviation.
The airline announced a commercial agreement with the Denver-based aerospace company Boom Supersonic to add aircraft to its fleet, as well as a cooperative sustainability initiative.
United will buy at least 15 of Boom’s ‘Overture’ airliners, with the possibility of buying 35 more.
Overture is expected to be the first large commercial aircraft to be net-zero carbon from day one, running on sustainable aviation fuel.
It is also capable of flying at speeds of Mach 1.7 – twice the speed of today’s fastest airliners. This means Overture could fly from San Francisco to Tokyo in just six hours. For context, a non-stop flight from San Francisco to Tokyo with United takes about 10.5 hours.
“The world’s first purchase agreement for net-zero carbon supersonic aircraft marks a significant step toward our mission to create a more accessible world,” said Blake Scholl, Boom Supersonic founder and CEO. “At speeds twice as fast, United passengers will experience all the advantages of life lived in person, from deeper, more productive business relationships to longer, more relaxing vacations to far-off destinations.”
These aircraft are expected to hit the skies in 2026 and to carry passengers by 2029.