Boom Supersonic are planning to launch a range of planes that may make it possible to fly from London to New York in just three hours and 15 minutes, and this could be as soon as 2025.
Blake Scholl, the company’s founder, revealed the planes at a recent conference in Dubai explaining that aircraft could fly at speeds to 1,687mph – 100mph faster than Concorde.
The first aircraft will be nicknamed to Baby Boom and test flights are expected to begin by the end of next year. The Baby Boom will be capable of travelling at 1,451mph. The full-sized, 55-seater version could be in commercial use by 2025.
Speaking at the Dubai Air Show this week, Scholl said: “Think about for a moment the families that are separated because of the long flights. Think about the trips not taken because when you add up the lost hours, the trip just doesn’t feel worth it.
“That’s where we come in. We are a team of engineers and technologists, brought together for the sole purpose of making our world dramatically more accessible. You won’t have to be on the Forbes’ list to be able to fly, it will cost about the same as flying business class today. The ultimate goal is to make supersonic affordable for anyone who flies.”
The flights won’t be cheap starting at around THB83,000 but Scholl believes that it won’t feel any different to flying in a regular aircraft as well as being significantly quieter than Concorde.
The airline will be split into two rows of single seats and fly at an altitude of 60,000 feet which will mean passengers can see the curvature of the earth.
Scholl says that there are about 500 possible routes for the aircraft, including a five-hour trip from San Francisco to Tokyo and a six-hour flight from Los Angeles to Sydney.
Five unnamed airlines have already placed 76 orders for the passenger plane.
The company also has support from Richard Branson, who has invested in the Baby Boom.
“I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights,” Branson said earlier this year.
“As an innovator in space, Virgin Galactic’s decision to work with Boom was an easy one.”