Japan Airlines puts millions into USA startup's supersonic plane

Japan Airlines puts millions into U.S. startup's supersonic plane

Japan Airlines puts millions into U.S. startup's supersonic plane

Boom's aircraft is expected to enter service in the mid-2020s.

The Japanese airline yesterday said it has invested US$10 million in Boom Supersonic, a Denver-based start-up aiming to build a new generation of supersonic jets promising three-and-a-half-hour flights from London to NY for an "affordable" US$5,000 return as soon as 2025.

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

Further, there would also be collaboration between the pair to "refine the aircraft design and help define the passenger experience for supersonic travel".

"We are very proud to be working with Boom on the possible advancement in the commercial aviation industry", JAL president Yoshiharu Ueki said.

Where were you 14 years ago when Concorde took its final flight?

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

A flight between Sydney and Los Angeles would take seven hours, which includes the time required for a refuelling stop enroute. The company says operating cost per seat-mile will be comparable to subsonic business class.

Denver-based Boom is developing a 55-seat passenger plane, created to fly at Mach 2.2, over twice the speed of sound, and slightly faster than the only previous supersonic airliner to enter widespread commercial service, Concorde.

Japan Airlines is the second company to have publicly announced it was holding options in the supersonic jet. JAL also gets dibs on 20 aircraft orders for jets that can fly 2.2 times the speed of sound, or 1,461 miles per hour.

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. "We're thrilled to be working with JAL to develop a reliable, easily-maintained aircraft that will provide revolutionary speed to passengers", he added.

'The Boom airliner will be a core part of the intercontinental airline fleet, ' said Mike Boyd, of manufacturer Boyd Group International.

Boom would be the first passenger jet since the retirement of the Concord in October 2003.

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