On Thursday, United Airlines Holdings Inc. (UAL) announced that it had negotiated a deal with Boom Supersonic of Denver, Colorado, to add its aircraft to its worldwide fleet. United will buy 15 of Boom’s “Overture” airliners as soon as they fulfill the company’s safety, operational, and sustainable standards, with an option to buy a further 35 planes.
“Upon delivery, the companies would work together to achieve those standards,” United and Boom stated in a joint statement. “Once operational, Concerto is projected to be the first big commercial aircraft to be carbon-neutral from the start, tailored to fly on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF),” according to the company.
It is scheduled to debut in 2025, fly in 2026, and begin transporting people in 2029. According to the announcement, the Boom aircraft can fly twice as fast as today’s quicker airliners. Plans have included:
- A three-and-a-half-hour trip from Newark to London.
- A four-hour journey between Newark to Frankfurt.
- A six-hour journey from San Francisco to Tokyo.