Will supersonic passenger jets return to the skies?

SourceGulf News

Dubai: After the Concorde was retired by British Airways and Air France in 2003, nobody thought that commercial supersonic flying would ever make a comeback… that is until now. An announcement by US-based United Airlines to add 15 supersonic jets to its fleet has set off a perfect storm in the the aviation industry. The ‘Overture’ aircraft – produced by a Denver-based company called Boom – is to be rolled out in 2025, fly in 2026, and expected to carry passengers by 2029.

The rationale behind United’s move can be explained in two words: shorter flights. The airplane, which can fly at speeds of Mach 1.7 or roughly 2,000 kilometres per hour, will cut trans-Atlantic flight times by 50 per cent. This means a flight from Tokyo to Seattle will only take 4 hours and 30 minutes, compared to over eight hours now. A passenger can fly from Singapore to Dubai in a matter of 4 hours, instead of the seven taken today. One of the biggest disadvantages is the ‘sonic boom’ – the shock waves created when an object travels through air faster than the speed of sound. This makes a distinctive sound, and although people on board don’t

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