The last flight of the only supersonic passenger liner Concorde at that time took place in 2003. After nearly 15 years, the start-up company Boom Supersonic (Denver, USA) intends to revive this order by a half-forgotten way of transportation.
The program developed by them to revive supersonic commercial aviation is ready to invest 10 million dollars by the leading Japanese air carrier Japan Airlines (JAL). It is expected that the new liner – Boom Jet – will fly faster and quieter than its legendary predecessor.
As an investor, JAL will have the opportunity to purchase 20 machines from Boom Supersonic. The airline will also help its partners in the design of the aircraft. The commencement of commercial traffic is planned for the mid-2020s. Boom Supersonic has already received orders for the construction of 76 supersonic aircraft – including five of the world’s largest air carriers. Among those who supported the project, the head of the Virgin Group Richard Branson, who is also not against buying 10 cars from the first series.
As expected, Boom Jet will create 30 times less noise and spend less fuel than Concorde. In addition, the tariffs for flights will be comparable with the current tariffs in the business class, that is, 75% lower than the “Concorde” tariffs.
Boom Jet will develop the speed of 2.2 Mach (2330 km / h), reaching from Tokyo to the West coast of the US for 5.5 hours. In addition, by the year 2023, it is planned to install recumbent seats in the cabin.
However, even despite such promising investments, experts are very cautious in forecasting, quite rightly believing that until full-fledged resumption of supersonic commercial flights is still quite far.