If United Airlines has its way, supersonic air travel will return to the skies as the company has announced a partnership with Boom Supersonic. The airline has plans to purchase 15 Boom Overture airliners once the planes check all the boxes for United's safety, operating, and sustainability requirements. If all goes to plan, United and Boom will be flying passengers by 2029 at speeds of Mach 1.7, which is twice the speed of the fastest airliners currently in operation. This means flights from Newark to London in just 3.5 hours or San Francisco to Tokyo in six hours.
United wants to put an electric aircraft in the sky by 2026
The airline has invested in Heart Aerospace to help it develop its electric ES-19 airplane.