Virgin Group founder has teamed with startup Boom to offer ‘affordable’ $5,000 flights between New York and London in 3.5 hours
According to CNN, the billionaire Virgin Group founder said his Spaceship company would help Denver-based startup Boom build a new generation of supersonic jets and reintroduce transatlantic flight times unseen since Concorde was scrapped.
The XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, nicknamed Baby Boom, is a smaller but technically representative model for what Branson and Boom hope is the future of supersonic flying. They say it can cruise at Mach 2.2 – Mach 1 is the technical term for the speed of sound – and get from New York to London in three and a half hours, roughly half the time it takes now. Test flights are planned for late next year. The XB-1 is designed to be 10% faster than the Concorde, which offered supersonic commercial service until it was retired in 2003. Boom and Virgin said tickets for the New York-London round trip will be about $5,000. Boom said the aircraft will be able to carry up to 55 passengers. The companies have not announced a target date for the first commercial flight.
Supersonic Aircraft companies Spike Aerospace , Aerion and Airbus who have also proposed transatlantic plans for their Supersonic passenger aircraft and we can share some interesting pictures of the proposed interiors of these supersonic jets.
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