Industry Japan Airlines announces partnership with Boom Supersonic

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Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced to partner up with Boom Supersonic. The strategic partnership is set to help bringing commercial supersonic travel to passengers.

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The Japanese airline invests USD 10 million in Boom and will help to further develop the aircraft design. JAL´s experience and knowledge as an airline will add to enhance the passenger experience for supersonic travel. As part of the investment, JAL has the option to pre-order 20 Boom aircraft. If the airline decides to purchase the Boom supersonic jet, it will most likely fly to the American West Coast.

Boom plans to fly at Mach 2.2 and will cut flight times in half. The aircraft is equipped with 45-55 Business Class seats and has a maximum flight range of 8,334km. Boom is planned to enter into service in mid-2020.

Balke Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic said: “We’ve been working with Japan Airlines behind the scenes for over a year now. JAL’s passionate, visionary team offers decades of practical knowledge and wisdom on everything from the passenger experience to technical operations. We’re thrilled to be working with JAL to develop a reliable, easily-maintained aircraft that will provide revolutionary speed to passengers. Our goal is to develop an airliner that will be a great addition to any international airline’s fleet.”

The Denver-headquartered Boom Supersonic plans to implement its supersonic aircraft as the successor of Concorde. The Boom consists of light components and will fly faster than Concorde. The former Concorde route from New York to London could be flown in 3 hours and 15 Minutes.

Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines added: “We are very proud to be working with Boom on the advancement in the commercial aviation industry. Through this partnership, we hope to contribute to the future of supersonic travel with the intent of providing more time to our valued passengers while emphasizing flight safety.”

Japan Airlines was founded in 1951 and is a member of the Oneword alliance. With a fleet of over 230 aircraft, JAL leaches 344 airports in 56 countries.

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