Ever wished you flew aboard the Concorde, the airplane that flew faster than the speed of sound? Well, you don’t have to dream any longer.
A company based in Denver is working to build a much more advanced plane than its predecessor, called the Boom Supersonic. And, it will offer seats that were cheaper and more comfortable than the Concorde.
According to Boom Technology, the airplane will be able to hold 45 to 55 passengers, and travel at 1,451 miles per hour—2.6 times faster than other commercial airplanes. That means you can fly from New York to London in just 3 hours and 15 minutes (the Concord took 15 minutes longer), or from Los Angeles to Sydney in 6 hours and 45 minutes.
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The current price for a ticket aboard this super jet is unknown, but it has been rumored to cost about $5,000 USD for a round-trip ticket from New York to London, for instance. That’s about $11,000 USD cheaper (in today’s currency) than the price of a ticket aboard the Concord.
The reason that the plane ticket costs much less than the Concord, is that the company is not only using a lighter carbon fiber skin but is also designing a plane that is smaller. As such, Boom Technology says that it will be easier to sell all the seats on the aircraft at full price.
So what can you expect once you step inside? One row of seats on the left and right side of the plane with an aisle down the middle and two lavatories.
Each seat will feature a personal entertainment screen, a tray table, overhead stowage, as well as a favorably large window. For those of you who flew the Concorde, you may remember your window being the size of a book.
But not all seats are created equal on the Boom Supersonic. For flights over 6 hours (that’s 15 hours on today’s long-haul flights), the company will offer passengers a chance to purchase a ticket in the business or first class cabin.
In order to make this work for such a small jet, the plane will be separate 45 seats in a two-class configuration. The first option is to have 30 first-class seats and 15 business-class seats. A second option is to have 55 all business class seats.
For those flying in business class, you can expect a similar experience to the one you currently receive on domestic flights, but with a much sleeker design (pictured above).
For those flying in first class, the difference would be a seat that converts into a fully-flat bed.
Ready to fly? Currently, five airlines have ordered 76 jets, one of which is the Virgin Group. But don’t get too excited just yet—the first airline will not fly until 2023, but there will be a smaller test aircraft that will make its debut in the latter part of this year.