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American Airlines orders 20 Boom jets, eyes 40 more

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American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) has signed a contract with Boom Supersonic for the purchase of what will be the world’s fastest commercial aircraft, with the goal of becoming the largest operator of the supersonic aircraft fleet.

On August 16, 2022, American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) declared its intention to buy up to 20 Boom Supersonic Overture aircraft, with the option to buy a further 40 aircraft.

The Texas-based airline declared that it has already made a non-refundable deposit to the manufacturer for the first 20 aircraft, demonstrating its purpose. However, it omitted to mention how much the most recent deal was worth.

Before any Overture planes are delivered to American Airlines (A1G) (AAL), the manufacturer must comply with industry-standard operational, performance, and safety requirements as well as additional requirements specified in the contract.

“Looking to the future, supersonic travel will be an important part of our ability to deliver for our customers. We are excited about how Boom will shape the future of travel both for our company and our customers,” American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) chief financial officer Derek Kerr said.

American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) claimed that the Overture would provide it a speed advantage over competitors, reducing, for instance, the duration of flights from Miami to London to under five hours.

With 65 to 88 passengers on board, the Boom Overture will have a top speed of Mach 1.7 (about 2,100 kilometers per hour). With that speed, it would be possible to travel from New York to London in three and a half hours as opposed to the current six and a half hours.

The airplane is expected to use 100% sustainable aviation fuel when it begins operations in 2029. (SAF). Overture will have a range of 4,250 nautical miles, claims Boom Supersonic.

The purchase was made more than a year after Boom Supersonic and United Airlines announced a comparable agreement. Early in June 2021, United committed to buying 15 Overture airplanes, with a potential to buy a further 35.

During the Farnborough Airshow in July 2022, the Overture manufacturer unveiled the final production design and said it would consider using the jet for military purposes.

Photo cover by American Airlines

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