Boom Supersonic will locate its manufacturing facility in Greensboro, N.C.
The company expects to break ground on the 400,000-acre plant later this year.
Boom Supersonic is developing its Overture aircraft, which the startup says will carry approximately 70 passengers at a speed of Mach 1.7, or roughly 1,300 mph. The company expects Overture will be the first commercial supersonic jet to take to the skies since the Concorde was grounded in 2003.
Boom Supersonic chief business officer Kathy Savitt told attendees at Wednesday’s unveiling event that the plant will open in 2024 and the first Overture will come off the line the following year.
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Test flights are targeted to start in 2026, with the first delivery to an airline planned for 2029. Thus far, Boom has taken 15 orders from United. In addition, Japan Airlines and United have options on 55 additional Overture planes.
Boom is working with Rolls Royce on a supersonic engine for Overture that will be optimized to fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuel.
Savitt said Boom chose Greensboro as its manufacturing location due to the city’s easy access to the aerospace supply chain and the region’s strong base of technical schools. Greensboro also will afford Boom quick access to the Atlantic Coast, from where it can flight-test Overture without running afoul of regulations that prohibit civil supersonic flight over land.
The decision was also spurred by $130 million in state and local incentives, according to Raleigh, N.C.- based WRAL TechWire, which covers technology news in the state.
Speaking during an announcement event at Greensboro’s Piedmont Triad airport Wednesday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper referenced his state’s status as the site of the Wright brothers first flight.
“And this afternoon, we’re launching the future of flight,” he said.
In 2020 Boom unveiled its supersonic prototype jet, XB-1, which is a one-third the size of Overture. XB-1 test flights, originally slated to commence last year, have yet to begin.
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