Overture, developed by Denver-based Boom Supersonic is changing the way we travel. As early as 2029, we can see the return of supersonic traveling, but what exactly does that mean? Overture’s tagline is something we think we can get behind: “The world’s fastest airliner — optimized for speed, safety, and sustainability,” with the latter two being incredibly important points to consider.
The craft, that can hold about 65-80 passengers, is expected to be 20% faster over land and 2% faster over water, making one of their flagship voyages from London to NYC a short 3.5 hours! Around the same time it would take to fly out of Denver into NYC, which sounds unbelievable. The Overture plane was just announced this year and is expected to have their first trial flight in 2026 and, hopefully, public flights in 2029.
According to Boom, the planes would be equipped to fly around 600 routes around the world, including 3.5 hour flights to New York and five hour flights to Miami from London. The company have also stated that they aim to reach net zero carbon dioxide by 2025, before the first Overture passenger flight takes off, and net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040; all while flying on “up to 100% sustainable” fuel.
It may be a while off yet, but rapid flights around the world could be back by 2029, opening up a world of opportunities for travelers. At which price point? We’re not entirely sure yet. We’ll see what happens.