American, the world’s largest airline, will have the largest supersonic fleet in the world with new Boom Supersonic aircraft
FORT WORTH, Texas and DENVER, August 16, 2022 — American Airlines and Boom Supersonic today announced the airline’s agreement to purchase up to 20 Overture aircraft, with an option for an additional 40. American has paid a non-refundable deposit on the initial 20 aircraft. Overture is expected to carry passengers at twice the speed of today’s fastest commercial airliner.
Boom Supersonic’s Overture would introduce a significant new speed advantage to the US fleet, which is currently the lightest, youngest and most efficient of US network operators. Under the terms of the agreement, Boom must meet industry standard operating, performance and security requirements, as well as American’s other customary conditions before delivering any openings.
“Looking forward, supersonic travel will be an important part of our ability to deliver to our customers,” said Derek Kerr, American’s chief financial officer. “We’re excited about how Boom will shape the future of travel for both our company and our customers.”
Overture is being designed to carry 65 to 80 passengers at Mach 1.7 over water, or twice the speed of today’s fastest commercial jet, with a range of 4,250 nautical miles. Optimized for speed, safety and sustainability, Overture is also being designed to fly more than 600 routes around the world in just half the time. Flying from Miami to London in just under five hours and from Los Angeles to Honolulu in three hours are among the many possibilities.
“We are proud to share our vision for a more connected and sustainable world with American Airlines,” said Blake Scholl, Boom founder and CEO. “We believe Overture can help American deepen its competitive advantage in network, loyalty and overall airline preference through the paradigm-changing benefits of cutting travel times in half.”
In July, Boom revealed the final production design of Overture, which is scheduled to be deployed in 2025 and carry its first passengers in 2029.
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About Boom Supersonic
Boom Supersonic is transforming air travel with Overture, the world’s fastest airliner, optimized for speed, safety and sustainability. Serving the civilian and government markets, Overture will fly at twice the speed of today’s airliners and is designed to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Overture’s order book, which includes purchases and options from American Airlines, United Airlines and Japan Airlines, is 130 aircraft. Boom is working with Northrop Grumman for government and defense applications of Overture. Suppliers and partners collaborating with Boom on the Overture program include Collins Aerospace, Eaton, Safran Landing Systems, Rolls-Royce, the United States Air Force, American Express, Climeworks and AWS. For more information, visit https://boomsupersonic.com.
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