Plane lovers unite as the exciting news of the new Concorde style supersonic jet makes its way around, with the jet promising to travel from Sydney to Los Angeles in a remarkable 7 hours – cutting the usual approximate travel time in half.
Behind the jet sits a US based firm called Boom, who state that the aforementioned flight from Los Angeles to Sydney will cost approximately £2662 each way.
And a flight from New York to London will take as little as 3 hours on the jet, costing about £1900 each way according to Boom.
Blake Scholl, Boom founder and CEO, has stated that Boom will be successful in the areas that the original Concorde failed.
“Sixty years after the dawn of the jet age, we’re still flying at 1960s speeds,” Scholl said.
“I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t want to get there in half the time, rather than have some free champagne.
“It won’t be a bucket-list purchase any more. There is a huge market and the margins are enormous.”
Virgin Airlines have backed the designs for the supersonic jet, which will have an impressive top speed of around 1677 mph, according to estimations.
Meanwhile, NASA and Lockheed Martin look set to be the first to construct this hyper speed commercial jet, which will have the ability to break the 767mph sound barrier.
Additionally, to go towards its £289 million Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) project, the US space agency has conducted various tests.
However, Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Airlines, hopes to go the extra mile to master the skies of our future and is funding the evolution of the supersonic jet, too.
The ridiculously speedy Boom XB-1 has a goal of cutting down long and tedious travel times to and from popular destinations dramatically.
John Borghetti, boss of Virgin Australia, thinks that supersonic jets could be accepting long distance passengers within the next ten years or so.
According to him, the airline has chosen to hone in on “how fast” the aircraft can travel rather than “how far.”
“It is entirely reasonable to believe that in the next 10 years we will see supersonic jets safely and sustainably flying commercial passengers,” said Mr Borghetti, speaking at the Safeskies conference in Canberra, Australia.
He believes that it is almost time for high speed air travel to become popular and for us to start using it on a regular everyday basis, rather than it being a seemingly unreachable goal.
Mr Borghetti added that passenger flights on a supersonic demonstrator will happen in 2020, and they are not “a far-off dream.”
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