Aircraft manufacturer Boom Supersonic has announced that it has selected the Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO)  in Greensboro, North Carolina as the site of its first full-scale manufacturing facility.

In its announcement, Boom Supersonic also said that the manufacturing facility will be called “Overture Superfactory”. Apart from manufacturing, the superfactory will also include the final assembly line, test facility, and customer delivery center for the Overture supersonic airliner. The Overture is capable of flying on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at twice the speed of most of today’s fastest passenger jets.

The Overture Superfactory will be approximately 400,000 square feet and constructed on a 65-acre campus at the GSO airport.  It is expected that the superfactory will bring more than 1,750 jobs to North Carolina by 2030, expanding to a total of more than 2,400 jobs by 2032. North Carolina economists estimate that the Overture Superfactory will grow the state’s economy by at least $32.3 billion over 20 years. 

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“Selecting the site for Overture manufacturing is a significant step forward in bringing sustainable supersonic air travel to passengers and airlines,” founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic Blake Scholl said in a statement. 

“With some of the country’s best and brightest aviation talent, key suppliers, and the state of North Carolina’s continued support, Boom is confident that Greensboro will emerge as the world’s supersonic manufacturing hub.” 

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North Carolina offers Boom an optimal location for its manufacturing facility thanks to its strong aerospace workforce, which includes a large number of U.S. military veterans. North Carolina also affords good access to technical schools, providing Boom with a pipeline of skilled labor. 

Boom expects to break ground later this year on the Overture Superfactory and will begin production in 2024. The first Overture aircraft is slated to roll out in 2025, fly in 2026, and carry its first passengers by 2029. Commercial interest in Overture, including orders and options, totals $14 billion from United Airlines and Japan Airlines.

Boom Supersonic was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Its first customers are United Airlines, Japan Airlines, and the United States Air Force.