United Airlines announces purchase of 15 Boom supersonic jets

This is a rendering of a United Airlines Overture supersonic jet.   Courtesy of United Airlines


On June 3, United Airlines announced it had agreed to buy 15 Overture supersonic aircraft from Denver-based Boom Supersonic “to add aircraft to its global fleet as well as a cooperative sustainability initiative – a move that facilitates a leap forward in returning supersonic speeds to aviation.” The contract includes an option for 35 more Overture models.

The Overture “will cut travel times in half and operate on up to 100% sustainable aviation fuel,” said United. The first planes are expected to roll out in 2025 and be ready to carry passengers in 2029. United and Boom also announced that they will “work together to accelerate the production of greater supplies of sustainable aviation fuel.”

Capable of attaining speeds of Mach 1.7, the Overture is expected to be able to fly from San Francisco to Tokyo in six hours and Newark to London in only three and a half hours. The speed is twice that of today’s jet aircraft.

“The world’s first purchase agreement for net-zero carbon supersonic aircraft marks a significant step toward our mission to create a more accessible world,” said Blake Scholl, Boom Supersonic founder and CEO. “United and Boom share a common purpose—to unite the world safely and sustainably. At speeds twice as fast, United passengers will experience all the advantages of life lived in person, from deeper, more productive business relationships to longer, more relaxing vacations to far-off destinations.”

Boom announced that it presently has purchase orders and options for 70 Overture aircraft and is “working with the United States Air Force for government applications of Overture.”

In October 2020, The Villager wrote about the rollout of the prototype for the Overture at Centennial Airport near Arapahoe Road and Peoria Streets. We quoted Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic saying about the prototype, “Every feature of this airplane has been optimized for high-speed performance,” and that the company’s goal is to create an airliner that will provide affordable and sustainable supersonic travel “to bring families, businesses, and cultures closer together through supersonic travel and make the world dramatically more accessible.”