Imagine flying from New York City to Paris in half the time. Thanks to a Denver-based aircraft company, Boom, that reality could happen much sooner than you'd think.
At the Paris Airshow on Tuesday, Boom revealed a new design for its XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator jet, which promises to bring the world its first commercial supersonic passenger airplane — and it would nearly halve the time you spend in the air.
During the debut, Boom demonstrated the craft's stability, performance, and safety. And while it's still a prototype, there is already overwhelming enthusiasm for the product. At this time, Boom has 76 orders for the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator jet from five different airlines. Virgin Galactic, significantly, has reserved the first 10 planes, according to Lonely Planet.
Blake Scholl, the founder and CEO of the company, said in a statement: "We now have everything required to build history’s first independently developed supersonic aircraft — the funding, technical design, and manufacturing partners.”
Not only would the supersonic plane cut down travel times for international flights, but also ticket prices for a seat on one of these technologically-enhanced trips could cost roughly the same as a business class flight on a standard commercial plane.
Travelers who eventually fly on one of these supersonic jets should — despite comparatively brief trips — expect luxury cabins and lie-flat seats, according to TechCrunch.
The prototype has already undergone stress tests, which account for the newest model’s differently shaped body and wing design. The latest XB-1 will begin test flights in 2018 from Denver’s Centennial Airport and at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California.