Just recently, Richard Branson unveiled new plans for an airline called Boom. The airline will feature a supersonic jet with the ability to cross the Atlantic in 3.5 hours. Cutting current times of 8 hours down by more than half.
We can confirm that The Spaceship Company will provide engineering, design and manufacturing services, flight tests and operations and that we have an option on the first 10 airframes. It is still early days and just the start of what you’ll hear about our shared ambitions and efforts. – Virgin Spokesperson
When launched, Boom will be the first commercial flight to go supersonic since the Concorde stop flying almost 13 years ago. Richard Branson’s company Virgin has signed on to by 10 planes from Boom, founded by renowned pilot Blake Scholl. He is currently developing a prototype of the plane in Colorado. Branson’s Virgin have also reportedly signed a deal with a London based airline for 2 billion dollars to help with development on its own planes.
Richard has long expressed interest in developing high-speed flight and building high speed flight R&D through Virgin Galactic and our manufacturing organization, The Spaceship Company. – Virgin Spokesperson
Flying at speeds of up to 1,451 mph, the new jet will travel over 100 mph faster than the previous supersonic commercial jet the Concorde.
We are talking about the first supersonic jet people can afford to fly,” Scholl said. “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.
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