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June 4, 2021

United Airlines sees a supersonic future

  • Boom Supersonic said its plane will be capable of speeds up to 1.7 times the speed of sound, or about 1,300 mph.
  • By DAVID KOENIG
    AP Airlines Writer

    United Airlines aims to bring back supersonic travel before the decade is over with a plane that has yet to be built.

    The airline said Thursday that it plans to buy 15 jets from Boom Supersonic with an option for 35 more once the start-up company designs a plane that flies faster than the speed of sound while meeting safety and environmental standards.


     
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