Japan Airlines (JAL) and Boom Supersonic have partnered to bring commercial supersonic travel to passengers.
As part of the agreement, JAL has made an investment of US$10 million in Boom, which is developing a new-generation supersonic aircraft said to be able to fly at Mach 2.2 and cut flight times in half.
JAL also has the option to purchase up to 20 Boom aircraft through a pre-order arrangement.
In addition, the Japanese airline will collaborate with Boom to refine the aircraft design and help define the passenger experience for supersonic travel.
“We’ve been working with Japan Airlines behind the scenes for over a year now,” said Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic. “Our goal is to develop an airliner that will be a great addition to any international airline’s fleet.”
“Through this partnership, we hope to contribute to the future of supersonic travel with the intent of providing more time to our passengers while emphasising flight safety,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, president of Japan Airlines.