Well, we’re now a year-on from Boom’s unveil of the XB-1 prototype, and although it has yet to even perform a single test flight, that’s not stopping the Colorado startup from realizing its goal of eco-friendly supersonic travel. Quite the opposite, in fact, for Boom has just entered a major partnership with United Airlines that’ll have its Overture jet in the sky before we know it.
As part of the deal, United Airlines has initially agreed to purchase 15 of the supersonic airliners, with the option to add a further 35 to the fleet down the road. Assuming that everything goes according to plan, the first Overture will roll out in 2025 and begin testing by 2026, flying at Mach 1.7 speeds and running on 100% sustainable aviation fuel — twice that of today’s standards and completely carbon-neutral to boot. As such, travelers would be able to effectively halve their flight times, going from Newark to London in just 3.5 hours and from San Francisco to Tokyo in as little as six. But here’s the best part: once the airliner’s been cleared for take-off, it could be transporting passengers as soon as 2029. In the meantime, you can follow along at the link below.