The world’s largest airline, American Airlines has agreed to purchase 20 of the Boom Supersonic Overture aircraft, with an option to add up to 40 more.
The airline is gambling that a market will emerge for a new generation of sleek aircraft that can cut transatlantic travel times by half.
American Airlines now becomes the second major US airline to indicate its interest in the new supersonic jet. In June last year, United Airlines became Boom’s first USA customer, placing an order for 15 Overtures with options for 35 more.
As well as the two US airlines, Boom has also received a 20-plane pre-order from Japan Airlines, announced back in 2017. Its order book, including purchases and options, now stands at 130 aircraft.
According to its timeline, the Overture should be rolled out for the first time in 2025, with entry into service targeted at 2029.
Boom is designing Overture to carry 65 to 80 passengers at speeds of Mach 1.7 over water, double that of conventional jetliners, with a range of 4,250 nautical miles (7,871 km).