JAL invests $10 mil in supersonic jet project

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The next aircraft of the future.

While new and advanced technologies are changing our lives significantly, flight times for air travel have stayed relatively constant.

Privately-held Boom, based in Denver in the United States, is developing a supersonic tri-jet with a range of 4,500nm capable of reaching speeds of Mach 2.2, meaning a flight between NY and London would take about three hours and 15 minutes. Flights where the passengers will pay no more than $5,000. That aircraft, dubbed the XB-1, is expected to fly by the end of next year.

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The iconic plane flew regularly between Europe and NY for 27 years but was withdrawn from service because of high costs. "The ultimate goal is to make supersonic travel affordable for anyone who flies".

In the jet age, there has never been a new entrant in commercial aviation that didn't receive significant state funding or already have a track record producing other aircraft. Virgin Atlantic, Sir Richard Branson's airline, has an option for 10 of the aircraft.

Boom Technology, seeking to build a supersonic jet for passenger travel, got a $10 million investment from Japan Airlines Co.as the United States start-up aims to revive ultra-fast travel that ended more than a decade back with the Concorde.

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Boom, whose suppliers include General Electric Co, Honeywell International Inc and Netherlands-based TenCate Advanced Composites, has reportedly received 76 pre-orders from airlines, excluding the option of up to 20 aircraft from Japan Airlines.

The agreement formalises relations between the two companies which have been working together behind the scenes for over a year. "JAL's passionate, visionary team offers decades of practical knowledge and wisdom on everything from the passenger experience to technical operations". We're thrilled to be working with JAL to develop a reliable, easily-maintained aircraft that will provide revolutionary speed to passengers. "Our goal is to develop an airliner that will be a great addition to any global airline's fleet".

British Airways and Air France were never able to make supersonic flight a mainstream commercial reality, and their Concorde services relied on first-class only flights to make money.

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