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United Airlines to buy fleet of small supersonic jets

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The ability to fly London to New York in three-and-a-half hours could become a reality before the end of the decade.

Supersonic jet maker Boom Supersonic has announced that United Airlines plans to acquire 15 Overture passenger jets providing they meet safety standards.

Once completed, the jets will reach speeds of Mach 1.7 and a cruising altitude of 60,000-feet.

Slated to carry passengers in 2029, the net-zero carbon aircraft will fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) making it an environmentally friendly, and extremely quick, way to cross the Atlantic.

Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines, said: ‘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 travellers access to a stellar flight experience.

According to United, Overture is capable of travelling twice the speed of today’s fastest airliners (United Airlines/MEGA)

‘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.’

Boom, an aviation start-up from the US, has been working on supersonic planes for the last five years.

Blake Scholl, Boom founder and CEO, said: ‘The world’s first order of net-zero carbon supersonic aircraft marks a significant step toward our mission to create a more accessible world.

‘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.’

Looks like a comfortable ride (Boom Supersonic)

As impressive as it is, don’t be fooled about the level of exclusivity around flying supersonic. Estimates suggest the ticket price for a single flight could reach as high as £3,500.

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Supersonic airliner could fly London to New York in an hour

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