American Airlines has ordered 20 of a new Boom Supersonic jet that can travel at speeds of up to 1,975 kilometers per hour

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The maximum speed of the Boom Supersonic Overture jet is Mach 1.7, which is equivalent to around 1,975 kilometers per hour. It has been announced that American Airlines would purchase 20 Boom Supersonic Overture passenger planes, each of which can seat between 65 and 80 passengers.

American Airlines and Boom Supersonic have reached an agreement requiring the supersonic jet builder to demonstrate that the Overture flies safely, operates efficiently, and performs as expected before delivering the plane to the airline. The biggest airline in the world, American Airlines, has the option to buy 40 more planes in the near future.

According to the designers, the Boom Supersonic Overture jet has a range of over 7,870 kilometers and can make the trip from Paris, France to Montreal, Canada in only 3 hours and 45 minutes. The Boom Supersonic Overture has a passenger jet with a tapered fuselage, with a greater front diameter than aft.

The manufacturer asserts that this layout reduces aircraft drag, hence increasing the aircraft’s fuel economy. The Overture can reach speeds of exceeding Mach 1.7 because to its four under-wing jet engines.

“American Airlines is a valued partner in our efforts to create a more interconnected and environmentally friendly global community. According to Blake Scholl, CEO and creator of Boom, “we think Overture may help America enhance its competitive edge in network, loyalty, and overall airline preferences via the advantages of a paradigm change that cuts travel durations in half.”

Northrop Grumman and Boom Supersonic have a deal wherein Boom Supersonic will provide Overture versions for use in military and rescue operations. Even with this agreement, the Supersonic Boom has not yet begun its actual flight tests.

Production of the Overture plane is scheduled to begin in 2024, with the maiden flight scheduled for 2026. The XB-1 technology demonstration, the company’s other supersonic plane, is scheduled for its first voyage by the year’s end.

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