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United goes Boom:
A Passion for Superspeed — July 2021

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Amidst great fanfare at the beginning of June, United Airlines announced that it had decided to go supersonic. It has agreed to acquire 15 Overture aircraft (with options for an additional 35) from start-up manufacturer Boom Supersonic for delivery from 2029, giving it the opportunity to provide services between for example New York and London in three and a half hours for the first time since Concorde’s last flight in 2003.

The aircraft is still in the process of being designed. The current specifications suggest a single aisle fuselage with seating for 65-88 passengers in a 1x1 format, flying at an altitude of up to 60,000ft at a speed of Mach 1.7. Could it be a realistic successor to the iconic Anglo-French Concorde?


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