A Colorado-based start-up company called Boom has revealed a small-scale prototype of its high-speed passenger plane which has been described as a modern version of the Concorde.
The aircraft is reportedly being designed to carry more than 40 passengers and fly at up to 1,450 miles per hour. This rate is considered to be around 2.6 times the speed of current carriers and is projected to cut the flight time from New York to London by half, to about 3.5 hours.
One of the partners in the venture is Virgin Group, headed by Sir Richard Branson. Branson has been quoted as saying, “We’re excited to have an option on Boom’s first 10 airframes.”
The current scaled-down XB-1 demonstrator model is expected to fly by the end of next year while a full-scale version is being aimed for service by 2020. The ticket is expected to cost around $5000.
The subsonic test flight of the XB-1 will take place east of Denver, Colorado, while the supersonic test flights will take place near Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California.