United Airlines is buying 15 supersonic jets that could get you from New York City to London in 3.5 hours

The future United Airlines plane from Boom Supersonic.
Boom Supersonic

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Cicadas aren’t the only thing that return every ~17 years. The promise of supersonic commercial flight reemerged yesterday when United Airlines announced it’s buying 15 jets from Boom Supersonic.
Supersonic = faster than the speed of sound. Boom’s planes could cut flight times in half and get you from a bagel breakfast in NYC to teatime in London in 3.5 hours.
Catching a flight that quick hasn’t been possible since 2003, when the iconic Concorde jet retired. It was an expensive, gas-guzzling machine, and the loud booms it made while breaking the sound barrier woke up enough babies that Congress banned supersonic flights over US soil in the ’70s.
Now, Boom and other supersonic startups are working on net-zero emissions and noise-muffling tech. Looking ahead…supersonic jets are largely in the development phase; Boom’s never actually built a full-scale version of its Overture aircraft, and it’ll need to clear regulatory checks before passengers hop onboard in 2029. Just last month, one of the leading supersonic jet makers, Aerion, shut down because of financial troubles and concerns about fuel-efficiency and noise regulations.
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Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/united-airlines-is-buying-15-boom-supersonic-jets-2021-6

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