United Airlines is a giant leap towards transporting passengers from New York to London in less than 4 hours.
The airline said it had recovered 15 supersonic jets dubbed “Overture” from Denver-based Boom Supersonic. The jets can reach a maximum speed of 1300 MPH or speeds of Mach 1.7. Mach 1 is the speed of sound.
To put that into perspective… United say they “can connect more than 500 destinations in almost half the time.” In addition to the incredibly fast trip from New York to London … other potential routes for the Overture include Newark to Frankfurt in 4 hours and San Francisco to Tokyo in 6 hours.
But don’t hold your breath … United, who have the option to purchase 35 more jets, said the Overture won’t fly until 2026 and carry passengers until 2029.
And, for the eco-friendly … United say their Overture will be the first large commercial aircraft to be zero carbon from the start. It is also planned to be optimized to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel.
The Overture, of course, reminds old-school travelers of the old Concorde, the last supersonic airliner. The Concorde, with top speeds twice the speed of sound at 1,354 MPH, arrived in 1976, but was taken out of service for good in 2003.