Japan Airlines Turns to Boom Supersonic for Strategic Partnership

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07 December 2017, 00:13As part of the agreement, JAL has made a strategic investment of United States dollars 10 million in Boom and is collaborating with the company to refine the aircraft design and help define the passenger experience for supersonic travel.

The exemption would be an interim measure, Scholl says, as Boom continues to work with the ICAO on a harmonised global standard for regulating community noise created by supersonic aircraft.

Boom is planning to build a 45-to-55 seat aircraft that cruises at Mach 2.2 (2335kmh) - capable of whisking passengers between NY and London in about three hours.

The agreement has JAL collaborating with Boom Supersonic to refine the aircraft design and help define the passenger experience for supersonic travel, the airline said.

Japan Airlines is the latest airline to invest in supersonic air travel.

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Last year Branson teamed up with the startup to reveal its prototype jet, which will carry passengers from London to NY in three and a half hours for an "affordable" $5,000 return.

The Boom passenger plane will hold 55 passengers, with a mini version of the jet - called Boom XB-1 - set for its debut test flight by the end of 2018. Our seats will be at the same price as a normal business class or first class seat and you can fly from Dubai to London in four and a half hours. Boom is using a General Electric engine for its demonstration aircraft. He already has taken an option for some of its aircraft and offered development assistance via Virgin Galactic.

The decision makes JAL the second identified Boom customer after a commitment by Virgin Group in November 2016 to order up to 10 aircraft. "We're thrilled to be working with JAL to develop a reliable, easily-maintained aircraft that will provide revolutionary speed to passengers", he added. "Our goal is to develop an airliner that will be a great addition to any worldwide airline's fleet". We're excited to have an option on Boom's first 10 airframes.

"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", the airline's president, Yoshiharu Ueki said in a statement accompanying Tuesday's announcement.

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