Japan Airlines Goes Supersonic

Boom Supersonic hopes to cut the flight time from New York to London to just three hours and fifteen minutes..   Boom

Japan Airlines will also lend its knowledge and experience to help Boom develop its supersonic passenger aircraft, which could fly at a speed of Mach 2.2 (1,451 mph) and cut worldwide travel times in half as soon as 2023.

JAL's funding is a significant endorsement from a highly respected airline.

Boom and Japan Airlines are considering transoceanic routes, but don't expect a cross-country trip to take less time.

JAL's investment raises Boom's overall capital to $51 million, including a $33 million Series A round completed last March involving several venture funds, such as Continuity Fund, RRE Ventures, Palm Drive Ventures, 8VC and Caffeinated Capital. "The two companies will cooperate closely to realize faster and more convenient air travel", the companies' announcement said. Its initial funding is a drop in the bucket compared with the billions of dollars Boom will need to develop, build, test, certify and mass produce a full-scale airliner. Boom has previously disclosed that at least one of the unidentified customers is based in Europe. Japan Airlines will be joining Virgin Atlantic as the second major carrier to sign on with Boom Supersonic. In addition, it is designing the aircraft to keep costs down so airlines can charge fares comparable to business class. Round-trip fares on the Concorde between NY and London generally were more than $10,000, according to the BBC, while Boom lists its projected costs as $2,500 per leg for the same journey.

"Richard got a special deal in exchange for being first", Scholl said, referring to Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson.


Plane makers covet the backing of large and established airlines.

On top of the "strategic" investment, JAL will collaborate with Boom to refine the aircraft design and help define the passenger experience for supersonic travel, JAL said.

The reason that Boom Supersonic is making headlines is due to their decision to try and completely change the commercial flight market. Today, a conventional subsonic aircraft does the journey in just over 11 hours.

Multiple engine companies have formed teams to respond to Boom's request for proposals, Scholl says. A flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong could be cut from roughly five hours to around two hours, offering airlines a supersonic shuttle between two of the world's biggest financial centers.

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