June 3. United Airlines announced a new partnership with Boom Supersonic to add aircraft to its global fleet and support the carrier’s cooperative sustainability initiative.
The deal would see United purchase 15 of the Denver-based aerospace company’s Overture planes once they meet the airline’s safety, operating and sustainability requirements. The carrier also has an option to purchase an additional 35 aircraft.
Boom Supersonic’s Overture planes can reach Mach 1.7, which is twice the speed of today’s fastest aircraft.
“United continues on its trajectory to build a more innovative, sustainable airline and today’s advancements in technology are making it more viable for that to include supersonic planes,” United CEO Scott Kirby said.
When launched, the Overture planes are expected to be the first large commercial aircraft to be net-zero carbon from day one, optimized to run on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel. The fleet is expected to roll out in 2025, fly in 2026 and carry passengers by 2029.
Source: Travel Pulse