For over three decades, supersonic commercial travel had been dominated by the Concorde, the only successful supersonic passenger jet. It was considered the pinnacle of luxury air travel and was known for swiftly shuttling passengers across the Atlantic in record time.
Boom Supersonic is among those seeking to restore commercial travel to its former supersonic glory with its new jet, the Overture. The $200 million (R3.4 billion) aircraft aims to stake to the skies with passengers within the next 10 years and use alternative fuels.
The company recently announced that Overture’s demonstrator, the XB-1, will roll out in October. The prototype will then take its first flight in 2021 in preparation for Overture’s aerial debut scheduled for the mid-2020s.