At a global technical conference where many participants would have to spend hours flying to appear directly, the CEO of an unlikely aviation startup touted the prospect of supersonic commercial air travel.
Blake Scholl, CEO of Boom Supersonic, said:(Opens in a new window)..It was part of a story he had at a collision meeting on Wednesday(Opens in a new window) In Toronto, he says that today’s Boeing 787 has about the same highest cruising speed as the 1962 Boeing 707.
A few years after the Aerospatiale / BAC Concorde supersonic transport aircraft completed its last Mach 2 transatlantic flight in 2003, the Denver-based boom is environmentally sustainable and economical for supersonic travel with overture jets. We aim to make it feasible. With 65 business class seats, this new aircraft will fly at Mach 1.7 with 100% Sustainable Air Fuel (SAF), reducing New York-London flight times to 3.5 hours.
Scholl gave an overview of Overture’s ambitious schedule. The plant in Greensboro, North Carolina was a breakthrough later this year.(Opens in a new window)Construction of the first airframe starting in 2024, deployment of the first plane in 2025, test flight starting in 2026, and commercial debut in 2029.
“We look forward to welcoming the first passengers seven years from now,” Scholl said.
If the current plan sticks, the jet will feature United Airlines’ blue and white livery and announced an agreement in June last year to purchase 15 overtures. .. United CEO Scott Kirby appeared in a video on Shoal’s talk, saying the airline is “on track” for its purchase.
United has also invested in a sustainable fuel startup(Opens in a new window) The boom expects to deliver large quantities of SAF at a lower cost than currently available.
Japan Airlines has also placed an option to purchase 20 overture jets(Opens in a new window) In 2017, the US Air Force provided two rounds of R & D funding.(Opens in a new window) Investigate government variants such as the executive transport version of Overture.
United’s orders alone represent a vote of greater trust than Concorde got, Schol argued at a press conference after his talk. Air France and British Airways purchased 14 Delta Wing SSTs together, but American airlines such as Pan Am and TWA placed only options that were later canceled due to the surge in development costs for Concorde.
Scholl acknowledged the difficulty of the task Boom undertook. For example, a small XB-1 prototype.(Opens in a new window) Flight tests will not start until later this year. But he said technological advances such as computer-aided design and carbon fiber airframe construction mean that overtures do not follow Concorde’s scripts.
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Scholl’s talk revealed details about Overture, including a seat design that includes a “cup holder that isn’t near where the laptop is placed,” but powers the plane, an important aspect of Overture’s design. I didn’t mention the three engines that do.
However, at a press conference, Scholl said the boom’s engine work went beyond the 2020 contract with Rolls-Royce.(Opens in a new window) Either adopt an existing Rolls-Royce engine or design a new power plant. This is a much more difficult proposal. “We’ve been working behind the scenes with Rolls-Royce and others. We have multiple design options that work for Overture,” Scholl said.
By the time the company can announce its choices, this project should be a little closer to becoming a commercial reality.
Disclosure: Rob Pegoraro moderates the two panels in a clash and the organizers cover his airfare and accommodation costs.
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