It may be possible to fly from London to New York in just three hours and 15 minutes by 2025, if plans by Boom Supersonic go ahead.
The founder of the company, Blake Scholl, revealed the plans at a conference in Dubai, adding that the full-size boom aircraft is expected to travel at speeds of over 1,687mph, which is 100mph faster than Concorde.
By the end of 2018, Boom expects to begin test flights for its 1,451mph aircraft, which is nicknamed Baby Boom.
And they believe that the full-sized 55-seater aircraft could be up and running for commercial flights by 2025.
Speaking at the Dubai Airshow this week, Scholl said: “Think about for a moment the families that are separated because of the long flights. Think about the trips not taken because when you add up the lost hours, the trip just doesn’t feel worth it.
“That’s where we come in. We are a team of engineers and technologists, brought together for the sole purpose of making our world dramatically more accessible. You won’t have to be on the Forbes’ list to be able to fly, it will cost about the same as flying business class today. The ultimate goal is to make supersonic affordable for anyone who flies.”
However with prices set to start from £1,907 ($2,500) each way, this is still a lot more expensive than many existing flights between London and New York, which are becoming increasingly cheaper.
Scholl believes flying in the plane, despite how fast it is, won’t feel any different to passengers than a normal flight.
He also says it’ll be “significantly quieter” than Concorde.
The plane will be split into two single-seat rows, allowing each passenger a window-view and access to the aisle. There will be no beds (in order to reduce the weight of the aircraft), and the seats will be standard first-class style.
It will fly at the lower height of 60,000 feet to keep flight time down, and this will allow passengers to see the curvature of the earth.
The jet was designed and created by a team of aviation experts who’ve worked at Nasa, SpaceX and Boeing, and they say they’ve learned from Concorde to combine advanced aerodynamics, efficient engine technology and new composite materials to create the jet that will travel 2.6 times faster than current aircrafts.
Scholl says that there are about 500 possible routes for the aircraft, including a five-hour trip from San Francisco to Tokyo and a six-hour flight from Los Angeles to Sydney.
Five unnamed airlines have already placed 76 orders for the passenger plane.
The company also has support from Richard Branson, who has invested in the Baby Boom.
“I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights,” Branson said earlier this year.
“As an innovator in space, Virgin Galactic’s decision to work with Boom was an easy one.”