American Airlines To Purchase North Carolina Built “Boom Planes”
You could soon get to your destination twice as fast on a Boom Supersonic Jet. American Airlines which Charlotte is a hub for announced that they are purchasing high-speed planes from jet-maker Boom Supersonic. The deal was announced Tuesday for the airline to purchase 20 of the Overture planes manufactured by Boom. They also will have the option to purchase an additional 40 jets. American said in a press release that they have paid a non-refundable deposit on the initial 20 aircraft.
The Overture jet is being designed to carry 65 to 80 passengers at Mach 1.7 speed over water. That is twice the speed of the current fastest commercial aircraft. The Boom supersonic will be optimized for speed, safety, as well as sustainability. Overture is anticipated to be able to fly more than 600 routes around the world in as little as half the time. A couple of examples are flying from Miami to London in just under five hours. Additionally, a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu would be just three hours. Sign me up!
The Overture jets are expected to carry passengers by 2029. But what’s even cooler is that these planes will be built in Greensboro. Boom is building a manufacturing site for the jets. The site will be located on property at the Piedmont Triad International Airport. The plant should be under construction by the end of this year. I’m already imagining all the flights I can take once American Airlines has these boom planes ready to fly out of Charlotte!