this summer, American Airlines became the second US carrier to place an order Boom Supersonic Overture. The operator followed United Airlines’ A 50 unit deal with an order of 60. Although there are obvious speed advantages with supersonic airliner, Boom intends to usher in an era stable high speed travel.
Lots to consider
At Mach 1.7, the Overture is advertised to be able to carry up to 88 passengers at a distance of 4,250 nmi. (7870 km). The first flight is expected to take place in 2026, and commercial implementation will take place before the end of the decade.
Along with the focus on speed, those behind the program work diligently on environmental and social factors. For example, The boom is supersonic is developing Overture to mitigate the effects of noise in society. Moreover, the plane will only fly supersonic over water to avoid sonic booms over land. On a more ambitious scale, the campaign focuses on achievement net zero carbon by 2025 and net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2040.
The company emphasizes that the pursuit of speed, security and sustainability has been at the core of its philosophy since its founding in 2014. The firm is carbon neutral through emissions reduction initiatives and high-quality carbon credits in 2021.
Boom Overture has several key carriers on board. Photo: Boom Supersonic
Ben Murphy, vice president of sustainability at Boom Supersonic, recently told Simple Flying that his company’s path to net zero carbon is determined by three important steps: regularly measuring, reducing and offsetting residual emissions.
- Measure: Boom accounts for emissions across its value chain, working with Watershed for carbon accounting and climate strategy to ensure compliance with the GHG Protocol.
- Reduce: The company shares how it assesses and exploits opportunities to reduce carbon emissions. In 2021, Boom joined the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA), a buyer-led collaboration led by RMI and the Environmental Defense Fund to accelerate the path to net-zero aviation through investment and adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), and the Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA), ensuring that recycling and reuse best practices are built into Overture’s design from the start.
- Offset: Boom says it is investing in a wide range of high-performance, high-quality carbon offset and removal solutions for residual emissions that cannot be reduced. Boom recently signed a 10-year agreement with Climeworks to remove CO2 emissions through direct air capture and storage.
SAF is key
Last week, it was announced that Boom Supersonic has joined JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic in an initiative to purchase millions of gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from carbon dioxide (CO2). Boom itself will purchase five million gallons per year through the facility’s flight test program.
Overall, SAF is a core feature of a sustainable development initiative. As Murphy concludes:
“The SAF industry is exhibiting all the hallmarks of early-stage exponential growth seen in other renewable energy industries. Industry, governments and researchers have already taken important first steps to support the growth of the industry – investing in SAF pilot facilities; government incentives such as the recent US SAF Blenders tax break; establishing research and development programs such as the SAF Grand Challenge and the ReFuelEU initiative; and agreements to purchase SAF from end users. Based on the track record of exponential growth in other renewable energy sectors, there is sufficient evidence to conclude that SAF production can rapidly scale to meet global aviation needs in the required timeframe, as long as targeted industry and government action is taken now.”
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Environmental concerns were the main cause of problems associated with the Concord program. Another obstacle is high costs. As a result, Boom highlighted this his tickets will be 75% cheaper than the Anglo-French veteran. Overall, with a holistic approach to sustainability, Boom takes on the industry’s challenges from all angles.
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