The Future of Supersonic Commercial Air Travel

By: Renik deJong, Journalist

The Concorde

The Concorde was the first commercial supersonic airliner. The Concorde was released on January 21st, 1976. The only airlines to operate the Concorde were British Airways, Air France, and Singapore Airlines. The Concorde went Mach 2.04 (1,354 Mph), and was in service for 27 years, retiring in 2003. The reason the Concorde was retired was the rising operating cost and lowering ticket costs. The Concorde was not environmentally friendly, burning 2 tons of fuel just taxing to the runway!

BAC Concorde | BAE Systems | International

Future of Supersonic Travel (BOOM)

After the retirement of the Concorde, supersonic travel was highly desired by airlines. Boom Technology had a response, A new supersonic airliner! Boom started designing a new supersonic airliner in 2017. Even though the plane is supposed to be slower than the Concorde at Mach 1.7, It is going to be much more environmentally friendly than the original Concorde.

Boom - Supersonic Passenger Airplanes

American Airlines and United Airlines have already put in their order for the Boom. Boom Technology says they will produce the first Boom plane in 2025 and the first flight will be in 2026. The tickets for the Boom will be much less than the Concorde, yet still expensive at $4,000-$5000 to fly from New York to London.