Denver - Success for the supersonic startup boom. Japan Airlines invests millions in the company and is considering ordering the plane.
For more than a year, JAL Japan Airlines and the Startup Boom have been talking in secret. Now it's official: The Japanese are investing about $ 10 million in the company that wants to make passenger aircraft to fly at supersonic speed again.
"Through the partnership, we hope to participate in the future of supersonic flight," said JAL President Yoshiharu Ueki.
The American technology company not only wants to inherit the heritage of the Concorde, but also outdo it. The plane should be 2.2 times as fast as the sound,
As part of the cooperation between the JAL and Boom includes an option on the order of 20 aircraft. Japan Airlines is considering the supersonic jet for flights to the US West Coast. Currently, the flight takes about eleven hours. With the boom jet that would be possible in half the time. As early as 2025, the supersonic aircraft should be able to transport passengers, according to founder and CEO Blake Scholl.
The American technology company not only wants to inherit the heritage of the Concorde, but also outdo it. The plane should be 2.2 times as fast as the sound, the Concorde was twice as fast. According to the manufacturer, the jet will accommodate 55 passengers. A flight from New York to London should take 3 hours and 15 minutes and cost roughly $ 2,500.
JAL is not the first airline that expresses its confidence to Boom. At the air show in Le Bourget near Paris in June 2017, Scholl said that five airlines have already ordered aircraft. The potential clients want to buy a total of 76 aircraft. 10 of them are will go to Virgin Group.
The names of the other four interested parties are kept secret by boom so far. Whether Japan Airlines is already among these unnamed clients, is not yet known.