American Airlines is purchasing 20 of Boom’s supersonic Overture jets

One of the world’s largest airlines has placed a big bet on supersonic jet startup Boom. On Tuesday, American Airlines announced that it had recently agreed to purchase 20 Overture aircraft from Boom, with an option to buy an additional 40 aircraft if all goes well. The deal is one of the strongest demonstrations of support for Boom to date, beating the potential pledge for 50 jets made last year. That’s all for a startup that has yet to build a working passenger jet.

Earlier this year, Boom announced this at North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad International Airport. The company expects to begin construction of its Overture Superfactory later this year, with production to follow in 2024 — though the facility’s first completed jet won’t fly until sometime in 2026. That hasn’t stopped Boom from being optimistic about the Overture’s prospects, however. The company expects the Mach 1.7 jet to complete flights between Newark and London in under four hours and from San Francisco to Tokyo in about six hours. The company also claims that Overture will be a “net zero carbon” aircraft thanks to its ability to fly on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuels.

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