Dubai Airshow: Supersonic plane to start flights in 2023
The pilot test of the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator is scheduled for 2018 and the Boom supersonic passenger airliner will come into service in 2023, the founder and chief-executive of Boom Supersonic Blake Scholl said at a press conference at the Dubai Airshow 2017.
Scholl's business plan estimates a market for 1,000 to 2,000 Boom aircraft over the next 10 years. Boom chief executive already has 76 pre-orders from airlines and says he is talking to another 20 carriers at the Dubai Airshow, BBC informs.
The supersonic plane will be 2.6 times faster than a regular aircraft. Thus, a flight from New York to London, which usually takes 7 hours, will last 3 hours and 15 minutes. The airliner will be able to carry 55 passengers for about the same price as today’s business class tickets.
“They are not going to notice the difference because it is no louder than the airplanes that are flying today,” Scholl told Khaleej Times. “At the airport, the approach to land and take off speeds are a little bit faster than subsonic, which actually reduces the noise footprint because the airplane flies over you faster than it would have otherwise”.
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