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    United Adding Supersonic Speeds with New Agreement to Buy Aircraft from Boom Supersonic

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    First U.S. airline to sign commercial agreement with Boom Supersonic

    New aircraft will cut travel times in half and operate on up to 100% sustainable aviation fuel

    June 03, 2021

    CHICAGO and DENVER, June 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced a commercial agreement with Denver-based aerospace company Boom Supersonic to add aircraft to its global fleet as well as a cooperative sustainability initiative – a move that facilitates a leap forward in returning supersonic speeds to aviation.

    Under the terms of the agreement, United will purchase 15 of Boom's 'Overture' airliners, once Overture meets United's demanding safety, operating and sustainability requirements, with an option for an additional 35 aircraft. The companies will work together on meeting those requirements before delivery. Once operational, Overture is expected to be the first large commercial aircraft to be net-zero carbon from day one, optimized to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). It is slated to roll out in 2025, fly in 2026 and expected to carry passengers by 2029. United and Boom will also work together to accelerate production of greater supplies of SAF.


    "United continues on its trajectory to build a more innovative, sustainable airline and today's advancements in technology are making it more viable for that to include supersonic planes. Boom's vision for the future of commercial aviation, combined with the industry's most robust route network in the world, will give business and leisure travelers access to a stellar flight experience," United CEO Scott Kirby said. "Our mission has always been about connecting people and now working with Boom, we'll be able to do that on an even greater scale."

    Capable of flying at speeds of Mach 1.7 – twice the speed of today's fastest airliners – Overture can connect more than 500 destinations in nearly half the time. Among the many future potential routes for United are Newark to London in just three and a half hours, Newark to Frankfurt in four hours and San Francisco to Tokyo in just six hours. Overture will also be designed with features such as in-seat entertainment screens, ample personal space, and contactless technology. Working with Boom is another component of United's strategy to invest in innovative technologies that will build a more sustainable future of air travel.

    "The world's first purchase agreement for net-zero carbon supersonic aircraft marks a significant step toward our mission to create a more accessible world," said Blake Scholl, Boom Supersonic founder and CEO. "United and Boom share a common purpose—to unite the world safely and sustainably. At speeds twice as fast, United passengers will experience all the advantages of life lived in person, from deeper, more productive business relationships to longer, more relaxing vacations to far-off destinations."

    About United

    United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of UAL is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL."


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    Concorde II?

    I'm always still in trouble again

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    • #3
      Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
      Concorde II?
      My thoughts exactly - but hopefully better fated.
      "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

        My thoughts exactly - but hopefully better fated.
        Interestingly the Concorde was considerably faster, breaking Mach 2

        I'm always still in trouble again

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
          Interestingly the Concorde was considerably faster, breaking Mach 2
          I think United was really pushing the environmental aspect - the Concorde really didn't care, it just wanted to go fast.
          "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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          • #6
            Bet nobody can afford to fly on it.

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            • #7
              I wonder how many people who actually flew on the Concorde are still alive today.

              Since it was so expensive, I'm guessing it was mostly (relatively) older wealthy people, and the last Concorde flew in .... hm.... 2003.

              That wasn't really so long ago, but it sure seems like it!
              "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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              • #8
                By the time they get this going, Branson will probably have his suborbital jets ready to compete.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                  I wonder how many people who actually flew on the Concorde are still alive today.

                  Since it was so expensive, I'm guessing it was mostly (relatively) older wealthy people, and the last Concorde flew in .... hm.... 2003.

                  That wasn't really so long ago, but it sure seems like it!
                  I knew someone who flew on it back from London when offered the opportunity, but don't know if he's still around (he would be in his 60s).

                  He said it was the most uncomfortable trip he ever made outside of being in the back of a military aircraft.

                  I'm always still in trouble again

                  "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
                  "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
                    I knew someone who flew on it back from London when offered the opportunity, but don't know if he's still around (he would be in his 60s).

                    He said it was the most uncomfortable trip he ever made outside of being in the back of a military aircraft.
                    Because of turbulence? Cramped quarters?
                    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

                      Because of turbulence? Cramped quarters?
                      Lousy seats jammed together.

                      I'm always still in trouble again

                      "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
                      "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

                        Because of turbulence? Cramped quarters?
                        I heard it was a pretty tight fit.


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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                          I wonder how many people who actually flew on the Concorde are still alive today.

                          Since it was so expensive, I'm guessing it was mostly (relatively) older wealthy people, and the last Concorde flew in .... hm.... 2003.

                          That wasn't really so long ago, but it sure seems like it!
                          I'm sure some of those older wealthy people took their kids or grandkids along with them.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Stoic View Post

                            I'm sure some of those older wealthy people took their kids or grandkids along with them.
                            Yeah, quite possible, but the fact is that I was surprised to discover it wasn't all that long ago after all. Fun flies when you're having time.
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