Supersonic flight has existed for 70 years, but until now, it hasn’t been efficient enough for routine travel. Boom’s airliner enables fares 75% lower than Concorde, about the same price as today’s business class tickets.
This advance in efficiency is made possible by a breakthrough aerodynamic design, state-of-the-art engines, and advanced composites. While regular aircraft fly around .82 Mach, the Boom Supersonic will fly at 2.2 Mach – faster even than Concorde.
The owners of Boom are testing their technology in a smaller version. XB-1 is a one-third scale realization of the Boom passenger airliner. It will demonstrate in flight the key technologies for practical supersonic travel. XB-1 is the first independently developed supersonic jet and history’s fastest civil aircraft. It is under construction now and will fly next year.