In January last year, the FAA issued new final rules to pave the way for reintroduction of supersonic commercial flight. Besides Boom, other companies are exploring ways to bring this tech back to life. Virgin Galactic teamed up with Rolls-Royce in 2020 to develop a supersonic jet, and NASA and Lockheed Martin are also looking to design a jet that could break the sound barrier with a quieter sonic boom.
Boom told TechCrunch the Overture has noise-reducing features like engine updates and an automated noise-reduction system that will ensure supersonic takeoff is no louder than today’s subsonic jets and that meets the noise levels required by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
American Airlines and Boom haven’t come out with a ballpark for ticket prices yet, but Boom said it’s designing the Overture to be 75% less expensive than Concorde for airlines to operate and profitable for airlines at fares similar to business class. The Overture jet is designed to run on sustainable aviation fuel or a blend, so hopefully that will alleviate the environmental costs, since supersonic jets burn far more fuel per passenger than normal commercial planes.