With a maximum speed of Mach 2.2, the supersonic aircraft XB-1 will offer a flight time between New York and London of 3h30 instead of 7, a Los Angeles Sydney in 6:45 instead of 15 …
Fifty-one year after the Concorde’s first flight and 17 years after its commercial shutdown due to the takeoff crash of an Air France aircraft, supersonic commercial planes could make their return to the sky.
Boom Supersonic presented a first demonstrator of its XB-1 whose objective is to take off by the end of next year.
This start-up, which has received the support of Google, Airbnb or Dropbox, has so far registered around thirty pre-orders at $ 200 million each from the Virgin Group and Japan Airlines.
65 to 88 passengers
Its objective: to offer by 2030, an aircraft with a capacity of 65 to 88 “economically viable” passengers that can fly at a maximum speed of Mach 2.2. The flight time between New York and London will then be 3:30 instead of 7, that between Los Angeles and Sydney will be 6:45 instead of 15 …
For the development of this aircraft of the future, Boom Supersonic will start by flying a demonstrator which corresponds to a third of the size of the final aircraft.
This 21-meter-long and 6-meter-wide prototype will only accommodate the pilot. Equipped with three Rolls Royce engines, it will start by undergoing its first flight tests by the end of next year with the aim of breaking the sound barrier .