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First U.S. airline to sign commercial agreement with Boom Supersonic

New aircraft will cut travel times in half and operate on up to 100% sustainable aviation fuel

June 03, 2021

CHICAGO and DENVER, June 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced a commercial agreement with Denver-based aerospace company Boom Supersonic to add aircraft to its global fleet as well as a cooperative sustainability initiative – a move that facilitates a leap forward in returning supersonic speeds to aviation.



Under the terms of the agreement, United will purchase 15 of Boom's 'Overture' airliners, once Overture meets United's demanding safety, operating and sustainability requirements, with an option for an additional 35 aircraft. The companies will work together on meeting those requirements before delivery. Once operational, Overture is expected to be the first large commercial aircraft to be net-zero carbon from day one, optimized to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). It is slated to roll out in 2025, fly in 2026 and expected to carry passengers by 2029. United and Boom will also work together to accelerate production of greater supplies of SAF.

"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 travelers access to a stellar flight experience," United CEO Scott Kirby said. "Our mission has always been about connecting people and now working with Boom, we'll be able to do that on an even greater scale."

Capable of flying at speeds of Mach 1.7 – twice the speed of today's fastest airliners – Overture can connect more than 500 destinations in nearly half the time. 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. Overture will also be designed with features such as in-seat entertainment screens, ample personal space, and contactless technology. Working with Boom is another component of United's strategy to invest in innovative technologies that will build a more sustainable future of air travel.

"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."

About United

United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of UAL is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL."

About Boom Supersonic

Boom Supersonic is redefining commercial air travel by bringing sustainable, supersonic flight to the skies. Boom's historic commercial airliner, Overture, is designed and committed to industry-leading standards of speed, safety, and sustainability. Overture will be the first commercial aircraft to be net-zero carbon from day one, capable of flying on 100% sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) at twice the speed of today's fastest passenger jets. Overture's order book, including purchases and options, stands at 70 aircraft, and Boom is working with the United States Air Force for government applications of Overture. XB-1, a demonstrator aircraft, rolled out in 2020, and its net-zero carbon flight test program is underway. The company is backed by world-class investors, including Bessemer Venture Partners, Prime Movers Lab, Emerson Collective and American Express Ventures. For more information, visit https://boomsupersonic.com.


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38 minutes ago, BLUE - SBKP - said:

Faltou ai o EWR VCP/GRU codeshare w AD

Enquanto não resolver o boom supersônico, voos sobre a terra serão inviáveis. Tanto que no vídeo mostra ligações SP-EUA via litoral, o que pode ser tornar antieconômico.

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Sinceramente, não consigo ver isso saindo do papel. Soa mais como uma jogada de marketing do qualquer outra coisa.

Como o colega acima já disse. a viabilidade do transporte aéreo supersônico depende exclusivamente do desenvolvimento de tecnologias para reduzir o ''boom'' supersônico a níveis toleráveis para a maioria das pessoas. Sem isso, o transporte ficaria restrito a voos sobre o oceano, tornando-o inviável financeiramente.

Enquanto essa tecnologia não surgir, qualquer projeto de avião supersônico destinado a aviação civil está condenado a ficar só no papel. Sem falar que mesmo que essa tecnologia venha a surgir, seu desenvolvimento custaria facilmente bilhões e bilhões de dólares, portanto nenhum desses projetos irá de fato para frente sem o apoio multibilionário de algum governo ou grande empresa. 

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Solucionando os desafios tecnologicos, que ja avancaram bastante em relacao ao antigo Concorde em termos de alto consumo, combustivel sustentavel Carbono Neutro, solucao do ruido, o aviao vai voar a alta altitude,  vai revolucionar o mercado business... 

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A nave é linda. Resta saber se será viável. Como disse um colega, acima, parece ser mais uma "jogada de marketing". Bem, o tempo dirá.

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Eu acompanho a Boom Supersonic desde que eles começaram o projeto: não sei como os conheci, mas recebo e-mails deles (newsletter) frequentemente. Para ser só jogada de marketing, eles já estão nessa há uns 5 anos (creio eu) e já tem um protótipo - não do Overture, mas um modelo menor - para testar na prática a tecnologia. A coisa evolui muito dos tempos do Concorde (projeto da década de 1960) para hoje. 

Dessa intenção de 15 + 35 da United é que acho jogada de marketing.

Mas eu não saberia dizer se o boom supersônico pode, fisicamente falando, ser evitado.

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44 minutes ago, alferreira said:

...Mas eu não saberia dizer se o boom supersônico pode, fisicamente falando, ser evitado.

Acho que em um futuro não próximo mas não tão distante. 
Um exemplo bem interessante:

E existem muitos outros  estudos, basta uma boa pesquisada no google.

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Mas a compra da United tem um pequeno detalhe:


United will purchase 15 of Boom's 'Overture' airliners, once Overture meets United's demanding safety, operating and sustainability requirements 

Ou seja, tem que estar redondinho para que, aí sim, a UA compre as 15 unidades.

Sobre o Boom, há muitos desafios, principalmente como a questão do combustível e materiais. Acredito que os investimentos de fontes alternativas e uso de materiais compostos poderão ajudar os custos. O sonic boom é uma questão importante, porém se pensarmos que o filet mignon da aviação mundial são os TPAC e TATL, é razoável deixar ligações sobre o continente. 

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O anúncio da United é somente para chamar atenção. É uma intenção de compra caso o projeto realmente cumpra com o que promete.


E o principal mercado seria dos EUA pra Europa e Asia, então boa parte do voo é sobre o oceano e não teria problemas com o sonic boom.

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In Aviation, the Revolution Won’t Be Supersonic

United’s plane purchase from Boom Technology raises hopes of a return to supersonic travel, but the Concorde failed for a reason


People say they hate being stuck for hours on a narrow plane seat, but they haven’t usually been eager to pay for the experience to fly by faster. Just ask the operators of the Concorde.

On Thursday, United Airlines announced a deal to buy 15 Overture supersonic passenger jets from Boom Technology. The 88-seat aircraft, designed to fly at 1.7 times the speed of sound, versus 0.8 times for subsonic jets, is scheduled to enter service around the end of the decade.

Buzz around the potential return of supersonic travel—18 years after the retirement of the Anglo-French Concorde project—has been audible in the aviation industry for years. United’s vote of confidence will likely make it a notch louder.

The idea is that many of the problems that made the Concorde a money-losing proposition—only 14 entered commercial service between 1976 and 2003—can now be mitigated. Some backers believe that more efficient designs could bring ticket costs in line with a regular first-class fare, compared with the Concorde’s roughly 10% premium.


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