Canadian airline Bombardier unveiled plans this week for a new supersonic aircraft that will become “the fastest in civil aviation since the Concorde”.
The Global 8000, which is expected to be in service by 2025, will carry up to 19 passengers, have a range of 8,000 nautical miles (9,206 miles) and have a top speed of Mach 0.94. Mach 1 is the speed of sound.
The jet’s design is based on the company’s Global 7500, the plane that exceeded the speed of sound during a test flight last year, reaching top speeds of Mach 1,015 while accompanied of a NASA F/A pursuit aircraft.
The luxury liner will have special lighting to counter jet lag and seats in the “zero gravity” position with a cabin altitude of 2,900 feet when flying at 41,000 feet. Its long-haul capabilities will allow “exclusive” direct flights from places like Dubai to Houston, Singapore to Los Angeles, London to Perth, and more, the company said.
The race to bring back supersonic travel
Global 8000 master suite (photo courtesy of Bombardier)
Almost two decades have passed since the last flight of the supersonic Concorde, which British Airways and Air France began using in 1976 to carry luxury passengers across the Atlantic. The last retired in 2003, three years after an Air France Concorde crashed into a hotel shortly after taking off from Paris, killing everyone on board and four people on the ground.
Falling passenger numbers were also a factor. By the time service ended, the average round-trip price was $12,000 per seat, according to FOX News.
The Concorde supersonic transport takes off from the runway at JFK International Airport. (Getty Pictures)
Several companies are scrambling to come up with new supersonic jets that would be more fuel efficient — and create fewer climate change emissions — than the Concorde.
Boom Supersonic is working on developing an aircraft he calls Overture. The Denver company said the planes will be able to reach speeds of up to 1.7 times the speed of sound, or around 1,300 mph. It’s slower than the Concorde but much faster than today’s jetliners, which typically cruise around or slightly above 500 mph.
United Airlines announced last year that it would buy 15 jets from Boom Supersonic with an option for 35 more when the company completes a plane that will fly faster than the speed of sound.
United said flights between London and the New York area would take just three and a half hours and Tokyo would be just six hours from San Francisco.
Boom hopes to test an aircraft by the middle of this decade and fly air passengers by 2029.
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“The first generation of Overture aircraft will travel at speeds twice as fast as today’s fastest passenger aircraft. As we continue to improve our technology, future generations of our aircraft will fly longer, faster and for less money. We see a future where the fastest the flight is also the cheapest, and there’s no reason to fly slower,” a Boom Supersonic spokesperson told reporters. FOX TV stations in 2021.
Supersonic passenger flights are still banned over US land, but companies can get FAA approval to test fly over land at speeds above Mach 1.
The story was reported from Seattle. FOX’s Stephanie Weaver contributed.