Boom gets $10m boost from Japan to get superjet off the ground

Boom gets $10m boost from Japan to get superjet off the ground

Boom, the United States aerospace company hoping to build a "baby" Concorde, has come a step closer to bringing back supersonic flight for commercial passengers after securing a major investment from Japan Airlines.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has signalled its interest in supersonic flight through a partnership with Boom Supersonic.

"We've been working with Japan Airlines behind the scenes for over a year now", Scholl said in a statement.

Notably, Boom said, this is the first time an airline has actually made a financial commitment to supersonic aircraft before they've been available.

Boom, whose suppliers include General Electric Co, Honeywell International Inc and Netherlands-based TenCate Advanced Composites, has reportedly received 76 pre-orders from airlines, excluding the option of up to 20 aircraft from Japan Airlines. For obvious reasons, many of its worldwide flights are long - Boom's jets could dramatically reduce that travel time for passengers willing to pay a premium. JAL has made a strategic investment of United States dollars 10 million in Boom. "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", said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines.

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Boom is building a passenger jet capable of flying two times faster than the speed of sound. "The two companies will cooperate closely to realize faster and more convenient air travel", the companies' announcement said.

Including JAL's investment, Boom has now raised a total of $51 million, according to Scholl, and he suggested more funds are in the pipeline.

An artist's impression of the Boom Supersonic aircraft.

In an age where we're legitimately anxious about hyper-intelligent robots taking our jobs, you'd have thought supersonic flights would have been a piece of cake, but the forces that grounded Concorde are there. The Asian carrier is the second company to publicly announce an intention to purchase Boom's supersonic jet, after billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic.

Boom claims to have cracked the supersonic code, planning an initial list price of $200m per aircraft, with orders envisaged at 1,000 by 2035.

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