United Airlines could soon see faster airplane trips along with a more sustainable fleet of aircraft following its new partnership with aircraft startup Boom Supersonic, making it the first major airline to do so.
Announced in a press release on Thursday by both companies, United officials said that they will commit to purchasing 15 of Boom’s Overture aircraft model, which is billed as the fastest and most sustainable airliner.
Operating at a speed of Mach 1.7, the Overture boasts dramatically shortened international trips, including roughly 4 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo to Seattle, 3 hours and 30 minutes from New York to London, and 8 hours and 30 minutes from Los Angeles to Sydney.
The aircraft is also carbon neutral thanks to its use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and can hold 65 to 88 passengers while cruising at a 60,000 foot altitude.
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