The Morning After: American Airlines is ordering 20 supersonic jets

American Airlines has agreed to buy 20 Overture planes from Boom, with an option to buy another 40 planes if all goes well. The deal is one of the strongest demonstrations of support for Boom to date, beating the potential pledge of 50 jets United Airlines made last year. A wrinkle: Boom has yet to build a working passenger jet.

The company plans to build a manufacturing facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina. Construction is slated to begin later this year, with aircraft production to follow in 2024 — though the plant’s first completed jet won’t fly until 2026. If Boom can deliver on its Overture promises, there are some pretty big upsides: flights between Newark, NYC, and London in under four hours, and 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. You still burn fuels, but you burn sustainable ones.

Check out our 2020 Deep Dive on Boom here.

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