Supersonic Boom aircraft will be the "fastest passenger plane ever"


A group of aviation experts has unveiled plans for a supersonic speed plane named Boom, which is being developed as a replacement for Concorde.

Boom planes will travel 2.6 times faster than any other aircraft, up to speeds of 1,451 miles per hour – Concorde's top speed was in the region of 1,350 miles per hour.

Each vessel will have 40 seats in two rows on either side of the aisle, and will allow passengers travel from London to New York in under three hours thirty minutes. Tickets will be priced at around $5,000 (approximately £3,504).

"We are talking about the first supersonic jet people can afford to fly," Boom founder and chief executive Blake Scholl told the Guardian. "This isn't science fiction, we are actually doing this. You will be able to fly New York to London in three-and-a-half hours for $5,000 return, [which is roughly] the same as [the cost] of business class."

Although Scholl acknowledged the concept could seem farfetched, he assured critics that it was well within reach as the plane will be powered using existing technologies.

According to the company's website, lightweight carbon-fibre composites, propulsion systems and airframe materials will allow the aircraft to be the "fastest passenger plane ever".

"We're not using any technology that doesn't already exist, it is just putting it together in the right way," said Scholl. "It will still be tested rigorously."

The aircraft is currently in the prototyping phase – but the team is aiming to fly a test aircraft in Colorado in late 2017, followed by supersonic test flights near Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Boom supersonic plane

Between them, the team of pilots, engineers and builders behind Boom have started six companies and contributed to the design of over 30 new airplanes.

The company recently received backing from Richard Branson's Virgin Group, which is in the process of developing commercial space flights. Virgin has also signed an option to buy 10 of the planes in hopes of reintroducing dramatically shorter passenger flights between London and New York, 13 years after Concorde was decommissioned.

Scholl said his plane will be able to succeed where Concorde failed because flights will be much cheaper – allowing people to commute across the Atlantic.

"Concorde was just too expensive to fly, and to fill 100 seats at $20,000 each," Scholl said. "You have to bring the ticket price down, and make the aeroplane the right size so you can fill the seats."

The Guardian also reported that Scholl has signed a letter of intent with an major London-based airline, which wants to buy $2 billion (£1.42 billion) worth of his jets.

Boom isn't the first to design an alternative to Concorde. Earlier year, NASA unveiled a conceptual design for a supersonic plane that would be much quieter when flying overland.

Other recent developments in flight include plans for a new commercial aircraft that would carry as many passengers as a jumbo jet but produce significantly less emissions, and a hybrid car and plane that can be used both on roads and in the skies.

  • John McGrath

    Can real people seriously afford £3500 plane tickets?

    • generalpopulation

      That’s the price of a standard business-class ticket from London to New York.

      • Chava Cano

        Oh he meant: “We are talking about the first supersonic jet businessmen can afford to fly”.

    • JayCee

      Welcome to the 1%.

    • Meme

      I can buy one ticket.

  • Jordan

    I thought the new plane is not going to have a sonic ‘boom’ so they decided to call it Boom? Creative…

  • cez

    $20000? It was more like somewhere between $5000 and $10000 for a round trip to NYC in Concorde.

  • Dee

    It’s good to see aviation taking steps forward again.

  • Considering what happened to Concorde… not a good idea to call it “Boom”.

  • LankyRunner

    I might have to start saving for a short trip across the Atlantic then!

  • Kay

    Concorde didn’t only retire because it was too expensive, it did so because people got scared of a boom it once sadly made.

    Shame, the airline industry is one of those that has really been stagnant for decades now. The world moves on and speeds up but up in the air we are pretty much where we were 40 years ago in terms of speed.

    Better in safety, but still we think it is totally okay to spend 3 hours ahead of a flight in Heathrow, spend 8 hours to JFK, another hour or so to clear customs, and come out sane and ready to do stuff on the other side. That’s around 14 hours. Something must improve on that front, we have got to move people faster.

  • alo.

    Probably don’t write ‘boom’ on the side of the plane…

  • Brennan Murray

    I can’t wait for my next trip across the pond!

  • Chava Cano

    Tickets will be priced at around $5,000 (approximately £3,504). “We are talking about the first supersonic jet people can afford to fly”. Huh? People from the Hamptons I guess.

  • JayCee

    Concorde nano!

  • Jorge Alvarez

    Will there be ticket concessions prices for us long-suffering, remotely located citizens of Australia and NZ? That 24 hours in the sky from Sydney to London is a killer!

  • Thomas Zerbarini

    This aircraft is long overdue. There are thousands of people waiting for the status, romance and convenience of a supersonic passenger jet.

  • Adam Cruz

    Who exactly can afford $5,000 for a return flight from London to New York or New York to London?

    I mean, REALLY?!

  • Kelly Bryant

    Too bad they can’t make one shaped similar to the SR-71 Blackbird, that bad boy was fast and way ahead of its time.