Published: Thu, November 17, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Baby Boom: Branson unveils supersonic jet faster than Concorde

Baby Boom: Branson unveils supersonic jet faster than Concorde

British billionaire Richard Branson has revealed a prototype of an aircraft that will travel between London and NY in 3.5 hours. Tickets cost roughly $5,000, a pretty penny to pay for the fastest flights on the market.

"I have always been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights", the Virgin founder was quoted in The Independent as saying. A supersonic flight will be conducted near Edwards Air force Base in California in partnership with Virgin Galactic's The Spaceship Company. As part of the deal, Branson's private space exploration company Virgin Galactic and its manufacturing arm The Spaceship Company will help manufacture and test Boom's supersonic planes. The potential speed of this supersonic jet is calculated at 2.2 Mach, faster than the Concord, and 2.6x faster than current jetliners. "I don't know a single person who wouldn't want to get there in half the time, rather than have some free champagne", Boom CEO Blake Scholl said.

An image showing the XB-1 vs. the full-size Boom Passenger Jet.

Richard Branson has unveiled Concorde II a supersonic passenger jet prototype.

The first XB-1 flight is set to take place later in 2017, so you still have ample time to get pumped.

Boom took a lot of notes from the "original" commercial supersonic plane - the Concorde.

Boom, a 12-employee company, says the passenger jet it's designing will be capable of flying from London from New York City in three hours and 11 minutes, or Denver to Tokyo in just under seven hours. But before the Boom becomes a reality, the company needs to test out their design in the real world.

The jet is created to reach 18,000 meters flight altitude and Mach 2.2 speed - or 2,700 kilometers per hour. At $5,000 a seat, the XB-1 is already far more expensive than a conventional trip.

The initial aircraft will have 45 business class seats with one spacious seat on each side of the aisle, each passenger has a large window, a personal overhead bin, and direct aisle access. The XB-1 demonstrator, dubbed "Baby Boom", resembles a two-seater fighter jet, according to renderings released by Boom to media outlets.

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