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These supersonic jets will take you from London to New York in just three and a half hours

Three airlines have already invested in the new technology from Boom Supersonic

Written by
Ellie Muir

Planes are getting faster and faster and faster. So much so, it’s almost getting ridiculous. A startup called Boom Supersonic is developing a new kind of plane technology called Overture, and it could cut the seven-hour trip from London to New York down to just... three and a half hours.

American Airlines have already committed to buying up to 20 of the vehicles, according to The Guardian. If all goes to plan, the super-fast jets will be in production by 2025 and available to use by 2029. They’ll be able to carry up to 88 passengers from London to New York in almost half the time it currently takes to fly between the two cities. 

Most impressively of all, Supersonic Boom hopes to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2025 and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. It has committed to using recycled materials and producing less manufacturing waste, as well as designing more fuel-efficient machinery.

But there is one snag: such is the speeds of the jets, seats will likely be business class-only. And that means tickets could well reach wallet-busting sums. 

ICYMI: Ryanair is launching new flights from the UK to Lapland in time for Christmas.

Plus: This is officially the worst airline for flight delays in the UK.

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