Starting in 2023 business class flights could become twice as fast on new supersonic passenger jets

Startup Boom Supersonic is developing a 55-seat plane which it claims will be able to more than halve the flight time from San Francisco to Washington DC to just two-and-a-half hours. The company is aiming for commercial entry by 2023.

Boom’s airliner enables fares 75% lower than Concorde, about the same price as today’s business class tickets.

In June the Lee Gardner amendment was passed in the Senate to allow overland supersonic flight.

“Both the House and Senate versions of the FAA re-authorization bill have very positive language on supersonics. The senate bill in particular would repeal the speed limit,” Scholl added.

Passage seems likely in 2018.

Boom is aiming for entry into the market by 2023 and is looking for a site big enough to produce 100 planes a year.

So far there has been 76 pre-orders including 10 options to buy from Virgin Atlantic.

The average length of flight from Paris to New York would drop to three-and-a half-hours from seven hours when the full airliner flies. This would utilize its full Mach 2.2 speed.

The plane comes with two configurations of either 55 business class seats, or 15 business with 30 first-class seats on longer flights. The plane would have a list price to customers of $200 million.

A business class ticket from London to New York is estimated by the company at $5,000.