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American Airlines Joins the Supersonic Boom

by Matt Falcus

American Airlines has become the latest carrier to order the new Boom Overture aircraft, following in the wake of United Airlines and Japan Airlines.

The Overture recently announced its final design at the Farnborough Air Show, which sees it now offer a larger airframe and four engines.

Now, with full confidence in the Overture and its abilities, American Airlines has placed an order for 20 aircraft, with options on 40 more.

“Looking to the future, supersonic travel will be an important part of our ability to deliver for our customers,” said Derek Kerr, American’s Chief Financial Officer. “We are excited about how Boom will shape the future of travel both for our company and our customers.”

Overture is being designed to carry 65 to 80 passengers at Mach 1.7 over water — or twice the speed of today’s fastest commercial aircraft — with a range of 4,250 nautical miles. Optimized for speed, safety and sustainability, Overture is also being designed to fly more than 600 routes around the world in as little as half the time. Flying from Miami to London in just under five hours and Los Angeles to Honolulu in three hours are among the many possibilities.

“We are proud to share our vision of a more connected and sustainable world with American Airlines,” said Blake Scholl, Founder and CEO of Boom. “We believe Overture can help American deepen its competitive advantage on network, loyalty and overall airline preference through the paradigm-changing benefits of cutting travel times in half.”

The Overture is expected to be rolled out in 2025, and begin flying passengers from 2029.

 

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