How you can travel at more than twice the speed of sound
A NEW ERA of air travel has arrived.
Boom, a US-based startup company is developing a supersonic jet which is poised to be the fastest civil aircraft ever built. Named Overture, the Mach 2.2 plane is expected to fly faster than the speed of sound.
The 55-seater Overture could take passengers from Boston to Dubai in seven hours – that is half the time. It could also take passengers from London to New York in just 3.5 hours instead of eight hours.
It boasts a thoughtfully designed all-business-class interior kitted out for comfort, privacy, and productivity.
“Our goal is to provide a tranquil and stress-free experience from the moment you step aboard – whether you want to work, play, or relax,” the company explained.
Personal under-seat storage lockers replace overhead bins, allowing more headroom and easy access to luggage. Seat dimensions will be comparable to short-haul first class and there will be plenty of legroom for each passenger.
Those who are fussed about their seats can rest assured because on this plane, each seat has both aisle and window options so passengers can enjoy direct access and also enjoy the view from a large, personal window.
As for what flying supersonically will feel like, Boom explained, “Supersonic aircraft fly higher than existing airliners, cruising at up to 60,000 feet. At this altitude, you fly above most of the turbulence, allowing a smoother ride than on subsonic aircraft.”
“Looking out your window, you will see the darkness of space above you and the curvature of the Earth below.”
Tickets will be priced at “today’s business class” fares, which is less than Concorde flights were back in the early 2000s. “Ultimately, our goal is to make high-speed flight affordable to all,” the company said.
Japan Airlines, the flag carrier of Japan, has already pre-ordered up to 20 units of the Mach 2.2-capable airliners while Virgin Group placed a booking for 10.
It looks like long and boring flights will soon become a thing of the past. So, if you can get anywhere in half the time, where will you go?