MIAMI – United Airlines (UA) has agreed to purchase Boom Supersonic’s Overture aircraft, joining the ranks of Virgin Atlantic (VS) and Japan Airlines (JL). UA is the first US airline to sign a purchase agreement with Boom Supersonic.

United Airlines will purchase 15 of Boom’s “Overture” airliners, with an option for 35 more, once Overture satisfies UA’s stringent safety, operational, and sustainability requirements. According to Boom, the zero-emissions Overture will use 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to reach its destinations at speeds twice as fast as today’s passenger jets.

Boom will unveil the Overture in 2025, with the type taking to the skies for the first time in 2026. Overture is slated to commence revenue flights in 2029. To this end, UA and Boom are preparing to speed up the production of SAF on a greater scale.

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Overture and United Airlines

Boom’s Overture can cruise at Mach 1.7. This means the type, which is 205 FT long, can carry from 65 to 88 passengers and has a range of 4250 NM (4888 MI), can link more than 500 destinations in roughly half the time it takes today’s fastests commercial jets.

Among the numerous prospective routes for UA, three of them are important. Consider that you can fly from New York (EWR) to London (LHR) in three and a half-hour and to Frankfurt (FRA) in just four hours, or imagine flying from Frisco to Tokyo (NRT) in just six-hour.

As for the Overture onboard experience, it is designed for “comfort, productivity and privacy,” and will feature in-seat IFE screens, ample personal space, and contactless technology, all at 60,000 FT in the air.

In-seat IFE and cozy privacy. Photo: Boom Supersonic.

Comments from United Airlines, Boom Supersonic

United CEO Scott Kirby said, “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.”

On his part, Blake Scholl, Boom Supersonic founder and CEO said, “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. United and Boom share a common purpose—to unite the world safely and sustainably.”

United says it will collaboarate with Boom, both financially and technically, to bring breakthroughs that enable a more sustainable future for commercial aviation.

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UA Overture at 60k feet. Photo: Boom Supersonic

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