Japan Airlines Goes Supersonic

An artist's impression of the Boom Supersonic aircraft

An artist’s impression of the Boom Supersonic aircraft

Japan Airlines (JAL) has concluded a strategic partnership with Boom Supersonic, the USA firm that is seeking to develop a new-generation supersonic transport.

Boom says its 50-passenger, Mach 2.2 design will reduce typical NY to London flight times to just over three hours.

Boom Technology has formalised an until-now secret partnership with JAL, with the carrier putting US$10 million ($14.5m) into the company and ordering 20 of the faster-than-the-speed-of-sound aircraft.

A file image of Her Majesty The Queen arriving in Kuwait by Concorde in 1979
A file image of Her Majesty The Queen arriving in Kuwait by Concorde in 1979

Scholl, a pilot and former Amazon.com Inc executive, has said his Boom would be "better than Concorde" and commercial flights could be up and running as soon as 2025. "The two companies will cooperate closely to realize faster and more convenient air travel", the companies' announcement said.

Blake Scholl, founder of Boom, called the agreement an "historic" milestone not just for the company, but for supersonic passenger flight, according to the Daily Telegraph.

While new and advanced technologies are changing our lives significantly, flight times for air travel have stayed relatively constant. We're thrilled to be working with JAL to develop a reliable, easily-maintained aircraft that will provide revolutionary speed to passengers.

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Denver-based startup Boom Supersonic has won a $10 million investment from Japan Airlines Co Ltd in its push to build a supersonic passenger aircraft it claims will be faster, quieter and more affordable to fly than the Concorde.

"Our goal is to develop an airliner that will be a great addition to any global airline's fleet", Scholl said.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has invested millions of USA dollars in a Richard Branson-backed plan to reintroduce supersonic passenger flights 14 years after the Concorde was retired.

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"We are very proud to be working with Boom on the possible advancement in the commercial aviation industry".

This most recent investment could prove to be a huge victory for Boom, as, along with the expertise of Richard Branson and the Virgin Group, Japan Airlines will be able to provide further valuable knowledge when it comes to aircraft design, passenger comfort, and information on other details necessary for a first-time aircraft manufacturer will need to get right if it hopes for success. Boom is backed by venture capital firms such as 8VC, RRE, Lightbank, Y Combinator, and Caffeinated Capital, as well as angel investors including Sam Altman, Paul Graham, and Greg McAdoo.

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