United firms up order for 50 Boom Supersonic Overture aircraft

United Airlines is poised to purchase up to 50 Overture supersonic aircraft from Denver-based aerospace company Boom Supersonic in a move that will see the return of commercial supersonic air travel to the world’s skies.

With each Overture optimised to run on 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), the carrier will initially acquire a fleet of 15 Overture aircraft, with an option for an additional 35 aircraft, subject to the aircraft meeting United’s demanding safety, operating and sustainability requirements.

As per the terms of a newly signed agreement the two companies will work together on meeting all requirements before delivery.

Innovative technologies

The new deal comes on the heels of United’s strategy to invest in innovative technologies that will build a more sustainable future of air travel.

Overture is likely to roll out in 2025, fly in 2026 and expected to carry commercial passengers by 2029.

When fully operational, Overture will be the first large commercial aircraft to be net-zero carbon from day one.

United and Boom will work together to accelerate production of greater supplies of SAF.

Capable of flying at speeds of Mach 1.7 – twice the speed of today’s fastest aircraft – Overture will be capable of connecting more than 500 destinations around the globe in nearly half the time.

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Overture will fly at speeds of Mach 1.7 – twice the speed of today’s fastest aircraft. Credit: Boom Supersonic

Among the many future potential routes for United are Newark to London in just three and a half hours, Newark to Frankfurt in four hours and San Francisco to Tokyo in just six hours.

Designed to carry 55-58 passengers Overture will incorporate in-cabin features such as in-seat entertainment screens, ample personal space, and contactless technology.

Supersonic push

Scott Kirby, United CEO, said: “United continues on its trajectory to build a more innovative, sustainable airline and today’s advancements in technology are making it more viable for that to include supersonic planes.

“Boom’s vision for the future of commercial aviation, combined with the industry’s most robust route network in the world, will give business and leisure travellers access to a stellar flight experience,” Kirby added.

“The world’s first purchase agreement for net-zero carbon supersonic aircraft marks a significant step toward our mission to create a more accessible world,” said Blake Scholl, Boom Supersonic founder and CEO.

“United and Boom share a common purpose—to unite the world safely and sustainably. At speeds twice as fast, United passengers will experience all the advantages of life lived in person, from deeper, more productive business relationships to longer, more relaxing vacations to far-off destinations,” Scholl added.

Boom’s Overture order book, including purchases and options, stands at 70 aircraft, with Boom also working with the United States Air Force for government applications of Overture.

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