The end of jet lag? The supersonic jet dubbed ‘Son of Concorde’ travels at 1,300 mph and aims to get you anywhere in the world in four hours.
- The Overture, made by Boom Supersonic, can reach speeds of 1,300 mph.
- The flight time between Miami and London could be reduced to just five hours
- The trip to New York and London could go from six and a half hours to three and a half hours
- Concorde, launched in 1976, was the last supersonic aircraft, ending in late 2003.
Supersonic travel is on its way back, with the airline boss behind ‘Son of Concorde’ saying his ultimate goal is to get anyone anywhere in the world in four hours.
The Overture, made by Boom Supersonic, can reach speeds of 1,300 mph, more than double the speed of the fastest commercial jets.
It would mean that the flight time between Miami and London could be reduced from eight hours and 45 minutes to five, and between New York and London from six and a half hours to three and a half hours.
Blake Scholl, CEO of Boom Supersonic, also stated that it would mean that jet lag is confined to history, because passengers can overcome any time difference.
He said: ‘If a flight from San Francisco to Tokyo is shortened from 12 hours to six, it can leave a whole day later.
If you leave on Sunday morning, you will arrive on Sunday afternoon, which is Monday morning Japan time, you will have a meeting day, and you will return home 24 hours after your departure without any jet lag.
Traveling on the Overture could reduce the flight time between Miami and London from eight hours and 45 minutes to five, and between New York and London from six and a half hours to three and a half hours.
American Airlines agreed Tuesday to buy up to 20 Overture jets (above) from planemaker Boom Supersonic, promising to cut the time of long-distance flights over water by nearly half.
American Airlines agreed last week to buy up to 20 Overture planes and keep another 40 on standby.
Boom Supersonic claims to have $6 billion worth of pre-orders, with Virgin Atlantic ordering as many as ten planes in 2016 and United Airlines ordering 15 last year.
Concorde was the last supersonic airliner, launched in 1976 and ending service in late 2003.
The Overture is expected to carry 65 to 80 passengers, with all seats arranged in business-class style, meaning middle rows will be a thing of the past.
A single ticket to New York will cost around £1,750.
Boom Overture Key Specifications
Cruising speed: Mach 1.7 supersonic, Mach 0.94 subsonic
Range: 4,250 miles on full charge
Outside dimensions: Length – 201 feet, Wingspan – 106 feet, Height – 36 feet
To: Gull with digital control of leading and trailing edge flaps
Flight controls: 4x redundant digital fly-by-wire on 2 LRUs
Power plant: 4 x 100% SAF-compliant mid-bypass turbofans
Sustainability: Zero net carbon, flying with 100% SAF