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Airlines place orders for unbuilt Boom daughter of Concorde

Boom SupersonicA US company says it has already received firm orders for its first batches of 21st century Concordes even before they have been built. Boom Technology’s Blake Scholl told media sources at the just concluded Paris Air Show that air passengers could be flying faster than the speed of sound again by 2023.

The CEO said a prototype supersonic Baby Boom jet should be ready for test flights towards the end of next year. He continued by saying if aviation authorities were happy with the prototype, Boom would then start building larger 55-passenger aircraft and the first should be ready for takeoff five years later.

He noted that five different airlines had already placed orders for a total of 76 aircraft. Virgin Atlantic is the only carrier to have confirmed it has ordered the daughters of Concorde and has first choice on the initial ten off the production line.

A scale model of the full size Boom jet shows it will have the same sleek finish as the original Concorde, but will have wings which taper down almost to the nose. Mr Scholl also explained the new Concorde would be built with modern engines and would therefore cut down on the noise and expensive fuel bills of the original version’s afterburner engines.

Boom says the technology will enable airlines to sell tickets for Boom flights with similar price-tags to the £4,000 cost of the average business class fare. When the last of the original Concordes was mothballed in 2003, fares were triple this amount.

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