United Airlines said Thursday it will spend $3 billion to buy 15 supersonic, zero-emissions jetliners from aviation startup Boom Supersonic.
The jet maker says its “Overture” model jets will fly at double the speed of today’s fastest airliners, carrying up to 88 travelers each from New York to London in 3.5 hours and San Francisco to Tokyo in six hours. The planes will exclusively use jet fuel created from organic matter, making them the world’s first large commercial aircraft with net-zero carbon emissions.
The Overture would be the first commercial faster-than-sound jet to take flight since the Concorde flew from the 1970s until 2003. Concordes were retired amid declining demand for air travel after 9/11, as well as passenger complaints about noise, lack of cabin space and pricey tickets.
Scholl told the Post that his company plans to address the issues that plagued the Concorde, adding extra seating room and large windows. The cost of operating the Overture will also be 75 perent lower than the Concorde, translating into lower ticket prices for customers, he said.
“This is a much larger and more comfortable experience than Concorde,” Boom Supersonic CEO Blake Scholl told The Post. “It’s been half a